Israel is to build hundreds of new homes in a settlement in the occupied West Bank where a Palestinian teenager stabbed three Israelis, one of them fatally, the defence minister has said a day after the attack.
“The best answer to terrorism is the expansion of settlements,” Avigdor Lieberman tweeted on Friday, announcing 400 new housing units in the Adam settlement north of Jerusalem.
The teenage assailant climbed over a wall and snuck into the settlement on Thursday evening, the Israeli army said. He stabbed three people seemingly at random before being shot dead.
The army named the Israeli man who died as Yotam Ovadia, 31. A 58-year-old man was said to be seriously injured but stable, and a third person was lightly wounded.
The attacker was identified by Palestinian media as Mohammed Dar Youssef, 17, from the village of Kobar. The Israeli army said on Friday it had raided the village, questioned a number of his family members and suspended their work permits.
Clashes broke out between young Palestinians and soldiers firing teargas during the raid. “The rioters hurled large rocks and firebombs and rolled burning tyres at troops, who responded with riot dispersal means,” an Israeli army statement said.
The Palestinian news agency Wafa said three people were arrested. The army established a checkpoint at the edge of the village and said it was “reinforcing the defence” of Adam and other settlements.
All Israeli settlement construction in the occupied West Bank is considered illegal by the international community. Israel rejects the widely held view that settlement expansion is one of the greatest obstacles to peace with the Palestinians.
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