Israel’s right-wing government said Thursday that it will not apologize for killing a Jew in the occupied West Bank, even as Palestinian officials said the killing was motivated by the West Bank’s right to self-defense.
Netanyahu said that a Palestinian assailant who stabbed an Israeli soldier on Monday had been responsible for killing an Israeli.
“I will not hesitate to ask that his murderers are brought to justice,” he said at a news conference in Jerusalem, where he made the announcement.
The Israeli government did not directly respond to the Palestinian claim.
Palestinians have accused the Israeli authorities of not taking sufficient action against assailants who kill Israelis, a claim that the Israeli government denies.
Palestinian officials said that the assailant, identified by his Hebrew name as 25-year-old Yehuda Mizrahi, stabbed the soldier, lightly wounding him and causing him to fall to the ground.
A spokesman for MizraHI said the soldier had been shot by a rubber-coated steel bullet fired by an Israeli settler.
Israel’s military said it launched a search and rescue operation.
The soldier, who has been hospitalized, was released from a hospital and was expected to recover, military spokesman Lt.
Col. Peter Lerner said.
A Palestinian source close to the investigation told The Associated Press that Mizrafi had confessed to the stabbing.
Israel’s justice minister said Mizrali, who is not a settler, was under interrogation by investigators but did not say if they had any evidence against him.
Israel is one of several countries in the region that has carried out numerous deadly attacks on Palestinians in the West, including the killing of a Palestinian teenager in 2007, an Israeli attack on a U.N. school in Gaza in 2012 and the killing in the Gaza Strip of a 15-year old boy last month.
Palestinians have long said that Israel is not doing enough to curb Palestinian attacks and attacks on Israelis.
Israel launched a military operation in Gaza, the largest in more than 20 years, in August to try to stem the Palestinian onslaught.
The U.S. and Europe have said they would halt military aid to Israel in response to the killings, saying that it contributes to a culture of impunity for Palestinian attackers.
The U.K. also has cut off U.R.N.-brokered aid to the Palestinians.