Dr Mike Evans

Netanyahu releases statement following shooting death of Meir Tamari

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement late Tuesday following the death of Meir Tamari.

Tamari, 32, was the victim of a shooting attack at the entrance to the settlement of Hermesh and was a resident of the West Bank.

“I send heartfelt condolences to the family of Meir Tamari, who was murdered today in a shooting attack near his home community of Hermesh. May G-d avenge him,” Netanyahu wrote.

“Our forces are currently in pursuit of the terrorists in order to settle accounts with them, and they will be settled forthwith,” he added. “Just as we have found every terrorist and closed accounts with them, we will do so this time as well.”

Israeli defense forces are currently tracking down the shooters involved in the terrorist attack.

Tamari was reportedly shot Tuesday from a passing vehicle while in his own car. He drove until he reached Hermesh and was treated by medical professionals with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken by helicopter to Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera, where he was later pronounced dead.

A statement circulated by Palestinian media claims that the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group, loosely connected with the Palestinian Authority’s ruling Fatah party, claimed responsibility for Tamari’s death.

Tamari moved to Hermesh four years ago after his marriage to Tal, a resident of the area. He leaves behind a wife and two children, ages one and three.

His death is another in a series of losses at the hands of terrorists in recent weeks in Israel. At least 19 people have been killed in Palestinian attacks this year, in addition to others wounded in terrorist operations. The attacks have led to strong responses from the IDF, including operations to arrest or eliminate some terrorists involved in the recent shootings.