Trump's Israel Ambassador Blasts Palestinian 'Leaders' for Praising West Bank Killer

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U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman Credit: מתי שטרן / שגרירות

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman called out Palestinian leadership Tuesday for praising the terror attack that left Itamar Ben Gal, a 29-year-old father of four, dead yesterday.

Slain Itamar Ben Gal and his wife.Credit: Ben Gal family

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"20 years ago I gave an ambulance to Har Bracha hoping it would be used to deliver healthy babies. Instead, a man from Har Bracha was just murdered by a terrorist, leaving behind a wife and four children," Friedman tweeted.

"Palestinian 'leaders' have praised the killer," Friedman wrote, adding that he was "praying for the Ben Gal family."

After the attack a spokesman for Hamas praised the stabbing, saying it was "a continuation of the resistance to Trump's Jerusalem declaration." Hamas also urged the Palestinian Authority to "halt all coordination with Israel on security matters."

Meanwhile, hundreds of Israelis gathered in the settlement of Har Bracha in the northern West Bank Tuesday for the funeral of Itamar Ben Gal, 29, who was killed Monday in a stabbing attack. Meanwhile, Israeli security forces say the search for the attacker has expanded. Over 300 people attended the funeral.

Ben Gal was stabbed to death on Monday outside the Israeli city Ariel in the West Bank. The assailant behind the stabbing has been identified as Abd al-Hakim Adel Asi, an Israeli Arab from Jaffa, whose mother lived in Haifa until recently and father is from Nablus.  

Rabbi Eliezar Melamed, head of the Har Barcha seminary, eulogized Ben Gal, calling him an inspirational teacher who loved his students. Melamed said that "the strongest form of revenge is to keep building more neighborhoods [in the West Bank] and turn Har Bracha into a city. We did not come to this land to push the Arabs out of their lands, but when they raised their heads to threaten our existence, anyone who wishes to kill will be killed and he who wants to banish [us] will be banished [themselves]."

"God gave us a gift," said Daniel Ben Gal, the victim's father, "and today we say goodbye with a heavy heart. We have no idea how we will continue without you."

Israeli forces have been searching for Abd al-Hakim Adel Asi near the city of Ariel, the terrorist who stabbed to death Ben-Gal, since Monday afternoon. 

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