The body of an Israeli soldier was found stabbed on a settlement in the West Bank south of Jerusalem early Thursday, the military said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the murder as a terrorist attack and promised to bring the perpetrators to justice.
According to a statement by the army, Israeli troops and police searched the area near the Etzion settlement block, where the body was found "early in the morning." Israeli troops marched into the nearby Palestinian village of Beit Fajar as part of the search.
Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus said the soldier was a student in a premilitary Jewish seminary program and neither armed nor in uniform. He said the military is investigating the circumstances of his death.
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Rabbi Shlomo Wilk, head of the Yeshiva, where Sorek studied, told Israel Radio that the student had gone to Jerusalem to buy gifts for the faculty of the school. Wilk said Sorek called a friend and said he would return on time.
"When he was late, we were worried," Wilk said. "Pretty soon we understood that something was wrong and we involved the police."
Netanyahu issued a statement that security forces "are now in persecution to capture the detestable terrorist and hold him accountable." 19659003] KUSHNER MEETS ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MIDEAST TOUR WITH THE GUIDES OF JORDAN, ISRAEL, TO REMOVE THE PEACE PLAN until we find them. "
" Our prayers are with the family of the murdered soldier this morning and our hearts are mourning for the shortened life, "Rivlin said." We fight terrorism without compromise to ensure the safety of our people. "
Israel conquered the West Bank together with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 Middle East war. Palestinians claim the territories as part of a future state.
The vast majority of the international community considers Israel's settlements in the West Bank illegal and an obstacle to the creation of a two-state Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Solution Israel considers the areas "controversial" and says the fate of the settlements should be determined by negotiations that have not materialized for years.
Yair Golan, former army general and party candidate Democratic Union in the elections next month. In an interview with the Israeli Kan television said that the settlements near Sorek would "have long been surrounded by a security fence that would help separate the Jewish population from the Palestinian population."
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He added that a diplomatic solution to the conflict was necessary.
Israel holds unprecedented re-election on September 17 after Netanyahu failed to form a government following the April vote.