Israel has announced the construction of new houses in one of its occupied West Bank colonies in response to a Palestinian attack that has cost the life of an Israeli in the same area. On Thursday night, a 17-year-old Palestinian infiltrated Adam`s colony near Ramallah and attacked three Jews with a knife. One of the victims, Yotam Ovadia, died and the other two victims were injured.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman believes that the expansion in the West Bank is "the best response to terrorism." "I have given instructions this morning to move forward with the plan to build 400 houses in the Adam settlement and approve the plan in the coming weeks," the minister and leader of the nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party wrote on his Twitter account.
The 400 new houses to which the minister refers will form part of an existing plan that will add 1,000 houses to the settlement, of which 150 are already under construction, according to state radio station Kan. Lieberman`s announcement is actually a request to the Israeli Civil Administration in the occupied Palestinian territories, the department of the Ministry of Defense that meets every three months to approve buildings in the West Bank, so that this plan can be prioritized, a process that can take years.
The death of the young Palestinian has provoked clashes in his hometown, where some 150 Palestinians have thrown stones, tires on calls and different objects to Israeli soldiers, who have responded with violence. The clashes have left no serious injuries but Israeli police have arrested three people, according to the local news agency Wafa.
The Islamist group Hamas who is in power in the Gaza Strip, described the attack as "an act of courage due to the daily crimes caused by the occupation of Israel." The latest knife attack that Hamas extols goes back to the month of April, when a Palestinian tried to stab an Israeli with a screwdriver and ended up being killed.