Yael Shevach, whose husband was murdered on Tuesday night in a terror attack, is urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to legalize the West Bank community where her family lives. “We want to live here like proud Jews, standing tall, to feel pride that we are living in the land of Israel,” she said.
The Shevach family Photo Credit: Courtesy of the family
Rabbi Raziel Shevach’s widow urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to legalize the Havat Gilad community in the West Bank. “We want to live here like proud Jews, standing tall, to feel pride that we are living in the land of Israel,” she said. “We don’t want to fight for every piece of land.”
In a statement to the press, she detailed her husband’s last day: “Raziel, my husband, was murdered on his way home from a brit milah, coming back from another mitzvah. His whole purpose in life was to do good things and leave an impression of happiness…He was murdered, no one asked him whether he wants to die, not even the murderer.”
“We decided to bury him here because we truly felt that it was the perfect statement,” she added. “It’s his last task in this world- to leave a stake that will be impossible to move afterward.”
Hundreds of people attended Shevach’s funeral on Wednesday. The father of six was shot by terrorists in a drive-by attack on Route 60 on Tuesday night. Shevach was buried in Havat Gilad even though the outpost lacks a cemetery, becoming the first person to be buried in the small community.
Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who attended the funeral, called on Netanyahu to hold a Security Cabinet meeting in light of the terror attack. “You guys [Havat Gilad residents], the pioneers, are doing your work, and now it is our turn in the government to do our work,” Bennett said. Bennett’s speech was interrupted by mourners who booed him and shouted out the word “revenge.”
On Thursday morning, Israeli troops continued the manhunt for the terrorists. Nablus and the nearby villages remain sealed off.