Today, Israeli security forces apprehended a suspect in the assault and murder of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher Hy”d, who was found dead two days ago near Yerushalayim, Haaretz reports.
The suspect, a Palestinian from Chevron, was arrested in a joint operation by the Israel Defense Forces, the Shin Bet security service and the Israel Border Police’s counter-terrorism unit (Yamam) near Ramallah following intelligence security forces received. He has been identified by the Shin Bet as Arafat Irfaiya, a 29-year-old who was residing in Israel illegally. He was identified using DNA evidence found in the scene.
The knife allegedly used in the murder was found during the arrest.
Security officials say the Israel Police and Shin Bet are familiar with Irfaiya due to his inciteful comments and criminal record.
Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu extended condolences to the Ansbacher family on Shabbos evening, stating that “on his behalf and on behalf of the people of Israel, I wish to extend condolences to the Ansbacher family and embrace them in their grief.”
Meanwhile, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked called for the suspect to be tried at a military court and handed a death sentence.
Ansbacher was a national service volunteer and the daughter of a rabbi at a yeshiva in Tekoa.