A major break in the case of the Itamar murders indicating the Shabak has arrested the individuals it believes perpetrated the crime.
The Israeli paper, Inyan Merkazi, published news that the intelligence service yesterday did a “reconstruction” of the crime. When they do this, they generally have the suspects present as they did in this instance. Often, they have confessed to the crime.
The Inyan Merkazi article has been removed by the military censor, but I’ve retained a screenshot here which notes that the reconstruction took place and neighbors of the Fogels were asked to leave their homes and return two hours later.
The identity of the suspects hasn’t been released by the Shabak, but non-Israeli sources have reported their arrest without being aware the intelligence service suspected them of being the killers.
Those right-wing sites which are attempting to blame PA security forces and Dayton-trained personnel for the attack are wrong. The policeman I referred to yesterday who was arrested in Talouza was not involved in the Itamar murders.
In fact, when news finally breaks about who committed the crime and what the motives were everyone will be quite surprised. They were more commonplace and less political than people currently assume.
This article first appeared at Tikun Olam