As reported by various Israeli news outlets. Here to begin with is Ynet's account, with Elisha Ben Kimon, Itay Blumental, and Rotem Elizera reporting.
"Eitam and Na'ama Henkin Murdered in West Bank Terror Attack".
Dear Ynet: it is not "the West Bank". That is to use the language of the enemy, of the Jew-hating Mohammedan Mob. They were murdered in the Shomron, known as "Samaria" to all who still know the Bible; part of the historic heartland of historic Eretz Yisroel, Land of Israel. This young Jewish couple were murdered in and on the land of their ancestors, by people who descend from and/or identify with the Arab Muslim imperialists who invaded it and occupied it and laid waste to it from the 7th century AD onward. - CM
'A husband and wife in their 30s, Eitam and Na'ama Henkin from the settlement of Neria (that is: "from the Jewish village of Neria" - CM) were killed in a drive-by shooting attack on the road between Itamar and Elon Moreh in the West Bank (that is: "in Samaria" - CM) on Thursday night. Their four children aged 9, 7, 4 and 4 months were in the car and were said to be physically unharmed, but treated for shock.
"A drive-by shooting attack". No. It is clear from all the other reports I have been reading that this young couple were ambushed, and that the Muslims did not just randomly fire at the car, but at the Jewish civilians in the car; this was downright cold-blooded murder, with the jihadis circling back to the scene to 'confirm' the 'kill'. And given that Muslim assassins - as we see from what Samir Kuntar did, and the Muslims who murdered the Fogel family including a tiny baby whose throat was slit like that of a slaughtered lamb, and the Muslims who murdered Tali Hatuel and her four little daughters - have in the past shown no hesitation about targeting and murdering Jewish children, even tiny tiny babies, I doubt that the Henkin children escaped alive because of any hesitation or scruple on the part of the jihadis. They must not have been seen - they were in the back of the car, and it was dark - or something must have intervened to prevent additional murder. - CM
'The IDF confirmed that two Israelis were killed (sic: "murdered" is the proper word to use - CM) in the shooting attack, and that its forces were conducting sweeps in the area in an attempt to capture the perpetrators.
Every Arab Muslim colony within a radius of ten miles - at least - and especially its mosque or mosques, should be searched with a fine-tooth comb; every inhabitant interrogated. One hopes that the IDF dog units are being used; if the Muslim murderers got out of their car and approached the victims, there should be some scent to follow. - CM
"It was a very difficult sight", said MDA paramedic Boaz Malka. "We saw a car in the middle of the road with a man in his thirties next to it with wounds to his upper body, and a woman in her thirties inside the car, seriously wounded in her upper body. They were without signs of life, and unfortunately we had to declare them dead at the scene."
'A Hamas spokesman praised the attack by the "brave resistance", calling the murderous act "heroic" and vowing to continue the struggle against Israel (that is: the Jihad , which is a subset of the global Jihad to force-'convert', subjugate or exterminate all as-yet-unsubdued and unsubmitting Infidels - CM). The organisation called for its members to carry out more attacks against Israel.
Every non-Muslim who expresses support for Hamas must be asked, point blank: "Do you consider someone a brave hero, if they ambush an unarmed man and woman on a road at night and shoot them dead, gangland style, in front of their four small children?" - CM
'The Popular Resistance Committees also "blessed" the attack, saying it was a natural reaction to "Israeli crimes".
Israel's "crime" is that the uppity Jews have rejected dhimmi status and forced the de facto Empire of Islam to cough up a very small part of its ill-gotten gains, to wit, a portion of the traditional and historic Land of Israel, upon which said uppity Jews are now exercising sovereignty and daring to resist Jihad and defend themselves against Muslim attempts to destroy them and their tiny Infidel state. All any Infidel has to do to become a target of Jihad is to 1/ refuse to become Muslim 2/ refuse to become a dhimmi Untermensch and 3/ resist Muslim attempts to kill you after you have rejected their 'invitation' to become either a Muslim or a jizya-paying grovelling Dhimmi.
For more on why Muslims have always hated and attacked and oppressed Jews, and why Muslims - including many non-Arab Muslims who lived thousands of miles away - reject and attack the Jewish state, see the brief and factual summary provided by one Steven Simpson: "Why Islam Will Never Accept the State of Israel"
'Knesset opposition chairman Isaac Herzog said on his Twitter account: "The murder in Samaria which immediately put an end to the holiday jubilation is abhorrent and extremely painful. I send my condolences to the family and the community at large, which is hurting and feeling such pain. We must let the IDF and security forces act quickly and steadfastly in order to capture these murderers."
Seconded. And I for one won't shed a single tear if the assassins get killed resisting arrest. But now cue some crocodile tears from the Islamophile UN.
'The UN's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, said, "I condemn this evening's shooting attack on an Israeli civilian vehicle which resulted in the death of two people (Mr Mladenov: the Muslims did not attack the 'vehicle', with the deaths of the driver and passenger as a sort of unfortunate side effect. They attacked the people in the vehicle. - CM) and injuries to their four children in the occupied West Bank (ah yes, so in Mr Mladenov's eyes the Jews are 'occupying' Judea and Samaria, lands known to them as Judea and Samaria - Yehuda and Shomron - for at least a thousand years before Islam was ever cooked up by the Arabs - CM). There is nothing heroic about the killing of civilians. (Hmm - does he mean, by this, that if the Muslims had ambushed and murdered a couple of young IDF soldiers, that he would regard that as 'heroic'? - CM) The perpetrators of this violent act must be brought to justice."
But if any Muslims get hurt obstructing the IDF's attempts to find and arrest the murderers - and those who gave them their orders, enable them, and are currently sheltering them - or if the murderers themselves get hurt or killed resisting arrest, then I bet that you, Mr Mladenov, will be the first to wring your hands and bleat about 'disproportionate force' and demand whiningly that Israel must show "restraint". - CM
'President Reuven Rivlin also condemned the attack, saying, "Tonight, bloodthirsty murderers claimed the lives of a mother and a father, leaving their young children orphaned. The heart breaks at the magnitude of such cruelty and hatred.
"We will continue in our brave and unwavering fight against this cruel and heinous terrorism - of this our enemies can be sure", continued the president. "This is our duty, and the only way we can ensure the right of the orphans who lost their parents tonight, along with the right of all our children and grandchildren, to live with security and peace, everywhere in the Land of Israel."
Let's just repeat that. Everywhere in the Land of Israel. And as far as I am concerned - I, a Gentile and a Christian - 'everywhere in the Land of Israel' means exactly that. Jews have the right to live at peace - as free and sovereign people - everywhere in the Land of Israel. And that includes every inch of historic Judea, and Samaria, and Jerusalem. - CM
'A 28 year old woman was also injured on Thursday night after rocks were thrown at her (no: "after murderous Muslims threw rocks at her" - CM) near the Itzhar Junction...
"The attack occurred a mere hour after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu derided (a better word would have been "exposed and denounced" - CM) Palestinian (that is, "Palestinian Arab Muslim" - CM) incitement from the podium above the UN General Assembly.
'Tensions and disturbances in the West Bank and East Jerusalem have been particularly high during the Jewish High Holy Days, even in comparison to many months of sporadic violence...".
Or, to put it plainly, "Muslims in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem have been violently attacking Jews off and on for months but have ramped up the frequency and intensity of those attacks during the Jewish High Holy Days." And one may remark, by the by, that Muslims have always zeroed in on Infidels - whether Jewish, Christian, Hindu or Buddhist - when said Infidels were at worship and/ or celebrating high holy days. - CM
The Aussie Israeli blog "This Ongoing War" covered and commented on the attack here
Another Jewish blogger, Varda Epstein, makes some very pointed points in her response to the news of the murder, here:
"And rumour has it that in Shuafat, a neighbourhood in Jerusalem, the Arabs (that is, the Muslim Arabs - CM) were shooting fireworks in celebration of the killing of two Jews in front of their small children.
I would not be at all surprised - CM
'And Hamas released a statement saying how pleased they were that the "operation" had gone so well. A "heroic operation" they called it. And Ali Abunimah tweeted that two "Israeli colonists" had been killed. With no context. No mention of the little ones who saw it all unfold in front of their eyes. The murder of their parents only because they were Jews. Jews who lived in Samaria. The place the Bible talks about. Part of the Promised Land. Given to the Chosen People." END QUOTE.
Now, here with additional details is the report from "Times of Israel", Judah Ari Gross reporting.
'Israeli Mother and Father Shot Dead in West Bank (sic: Samaria - CM) Terror Attack.
'An Israeli mother and father were killed in a shooting attack on their vehicle Thursday night in the northern West Bank.
No. That sentence should read: "Muslims murdered a Jewish couple by ambushing and gunning them down in their car on Thursday night in Samaria." - CM
'The couple, identified late Thursday as Eitam and Naama Henkin of the settlement (sic: the Jewish village - CM) of Neria, north of Ramallah, leave behind four children - aged 4 months, 4, 7 and 9 - who were in the vehicle at the time of the attack but were not hit by the gunfire.
And seemingly were not seen by the murderers when they - the murderers - circled back to confirm the 'kill'. Or they would be dead, too. - CM
'The terror attack took place shortly before 9 pm, between the settlements (that is, the Jewish towns - CM) of Itamar and Elon Moreh, near the Palestinian village of Beit Furik (sic: that is, 'near the Muslim colony of Beit Furik' - CM).
'The security services were hunting for the perpetrators.
'The Israeli family came under fire when they slowed down before making a turn.
No. Let's rewrite. 'The Muslims assassins fired upon the Henkins who were slowing down before making a turn." - CM
'At that moment a Palestinian vehicle accelerated towards the family. Two attackers opened fire on the family with a handgun and a rifle.
Rewrite. 'At that moment the Muslims accelerated towards the family, firing upon them with a handgun and a rifle." - CM
'Both parents were struck multiple times in their upper bodies, paramedics said. They were pronounced dead at the scene...
'According to investigators, Naama Henkin was killed immediately.
'Eitam, despite suffering from multiple bullet wounds, stepped out of the vehicle and opened one of the car's back doors, telling his children to flee the scene.
Presumably this is what the older children told the first responders had happened. I still deem it an outright miracle that the Muslim assassins did not gun down all the children as well as the parents. - CM
'He then collapsed on the road and died.
'Investigators say that the attackers stopped their vehicle, and one of them stepped out and walked over to the Israeli car and verified that both parents were dead.
'The man returned to the vehicle which sped away toward a nearby Palestinian village.
Toward a nearby Muslim Arab colony. Search every building, IDF. Use dogs. Interrogate every inhabitant who is capable of speech. - CM
'The road was closed to traffic as the hunt for the killers continued into the night.
'The IDF and Shin Bet launched a massive manhunt for the perpetrators, including sweeps of the area, road-blocks and other methods. The area southeast of Nablus (whose name, by the way, is merely an Arabisation of its original Greek Byzantine name, Nea polis, the New Town; and which is located near the site of the much more ancient Canaanite and Israelite and Samaritan city of Shechem - CM) was declared a closed military zone, and eyewitnesses reported seeing UAVs and patrols flooding the area.
'IDF forces were said to be operating in force in the nearby Palestinian village (that is, "Muslim Arab colony" - CM) of Awarta.
'Late Thursday, IDF Chief of Staff Lt Gen Eisenkot ordered the deployment of four infantry battalions to the area to aid in the manhunt.
'The Hamas terror group (sic: jihad gang - CM) praised the "heroic attack" and called for "more high-quality attacks".
So what Hamas considers to be 'high-quality attacks' = butchering unarmed Torah scholars with their wives?? - CM
"The Zionists will pay the price for Netanyahu's criminal policy in every place" the group's armed wing said in a statement - but stopped short of taking responsibility for the attack.
Yes, because it turns out, as we shall see, that Fatah was in on it, instead. The difference between the 'slow jihadists' in suits - Fatah/ PA, formerly PLO - and fast jihadists with beards and robes - Hamas, etc - is immaterial, in the end. The hysterical Muslim accusations of criminality against their intended victims - who offend, at bottom, merely by refusing to become Muslim or submit to Dhimmi near-slave status - will be treated by the well-informed reader with the contempt that they deserve. - CM
'Yossi Dagan, head of the Shomron Regional Council, called the attack "one of the hardest and most shocking events I've ever experienced. This road was opened irresponsibly to Palestinian drivers (that is: to Muslim Arab drivers - CM) a few months ago, and we said this attack would happen, " he charged in a Channel 2 Interview. "There isn't a proper response. Terror isn't being dealt with as it should be,", he said...
Or, in other words: "We are not effectively defending ourselves against genocidal Jihad." Note well his reference to opening the roads. Many Useful Idiot supporters of the Pooooor 'Palestinians' [TM] are wont to shriek accusations of 'apartheid' when they find that in Judea and Samaria Israeli Jews and mostly-Muslim Arabs are - in some cases, not all - channelled onto different roads. But the separation of Jewish from Arab Muslim travellers is not because Jews want to lord it over or be mean to Arabs; it is because Arab Muslims, if allowed to share a road with Jews, are very likely to carry out murderous attacks such as this. Two inoffensive Jews, Eitam and Naama, are now dead, murdered by Muslims, because the road they were travelling on, previously closed to Muslims, was opened for Muslims to share with Jews.
And Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah claimed responsibility. Ari Yashar reporting for Israel National News.
'Abbas's Fatah Claims Shooting - What Now?"
'The "armed wing" of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction claimed responsibility for the horrific murder of a young couple outside Itamar in Samaria on Thursday night, but an Israeli response to Abbas has yet to be formulated by the government.
'The Martyr Abdul-Qader Al-Husseini Brigades, associated with the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades and likewise affiliated with Fatah, openly posted on its Arabic-language internet site that it claims full responsibility for the "heroic operation"...
'The Fatah political leadership has been less forthcoming in claiming credit for the murder, although senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed praised the attack, telling Hamas's Al-Quds TV that "the attack is a natural response to the crimes of the settlers and every action has a reaction"....
Pffft. See the article by Steven Simpson that I linked, above. And Mordechai Kedar's incisive op ed, "It's Jihad, Stupid". And the Hamas Charter which makes it sufficiently plain that Hamas - a fully-owned franchise of the Ikhwan or Muslim Brotherhood - is on board with the grand Muslim dream of Total World Domination - a global Muslim despotism imposing the sharia on all human beings everywhere. The destruction of Israel is merely one small part of the global Jihad.
Post scriptum. I am only aware of this attack because I follow a number of Israeli English-language blogs, and read three or four English-language Israeli mainstream news outlets. If I were relying on our Aussie press - notably our official news broadcaster, the ABC - I would know nothing, for they have not deemed this story worthy of publication. - CM