Netanyahu's Investigation Into Egyptian Policeman's Shooting Of Troops Until Justice Prevails
Prime Minister BenjaminNetanyahu's investigation into Egyptian policeman's shooting of troopslies at the center of national attention as the nation mourns the loss of three Israeli soldiers along the border.
The incident, which occurred on Saturday, has left the nation in shock, prompting leaders to extend condolences to the families of the fallen soldiers. As details continue to emerge, questions surround the unusual shootings and Egypt's alleged attempt to distance itself from the shooter. The Prime Minister and other political figures have expressed their commitment to ensuring justice and finding answers.
In response to the tragic incident, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his determination to investigate the killings until the truth is uncovered. He released a statement emphasizing the severity of the incident and the abnormality of the situation, assuring the public that the investigation would leave no stone unturned. He also extended his deepest condolences to the families of the fallen soldiers, emphasizing the nation's shared sorrow and grief.
President Isaac Herzog echoed Netanyahu's sentiments, stating:
The tragic incident claimed the lives of three brave soldiers who have been identified as Staff Sgt. Ori Yitzhak Iluz, Staff Sgt. Ohad Dahan, and Sgt. Lia Ben Nun. These courageous individuals served as combat soldiers in the Bardelas and Caracal battalions, responsible for the crucial task of safeguarding the border.
Opposition Leader Yair Lapid expressed his heartbreak over the incident, honoring the memories of Lia Ben Nun, Ohad Dahan, and Ori Yitzhak Iluz. The three soldiers, who served in the Bardelas and Caracal battalions responsible for guarding the border, will be laid to rest in military cemeteries in their respective hometowns.
The circumstances surrounding the shootings remain unclear, prompting the military to launch an investigation. The killings occurred in the Negev desert between Mount Sagi and Mount Harif, an area where such deadly incidents are rare.
According to IDF spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, the two soldiers, Ben Nun and Iluz, were on a 12-hour shift at a military post on the Egyptian border when they failed to respond to radio calls. When an officer arrived at the scene, he discovered the soldiers dead in separate areas of the post. The IDF believes they were killed around 6 or 7 a.m.
Subsequently, the military declared a terror incident and initiated searches in the area after the bodies were found. An army drone later identified the attacker, approximately 1.5 kilometers from the border. The Egyptian police officer engaged the troops who were scanning the area, resulting in the killing of Dahan and a non-commissioned officer. Another group of soldiers shot the assailant minutes later, ultimately neutralizing the threat.
Three Israeli soldiers shot dead on Egyptian border
Egyptian officials have sought to distance themselves from the shooter, claiming they were unaware of his intentions. The Israeli military stated that the shooter likely infiltrated the border using an emergency gate, which is normally used for coordination with the Egyptian military. The IDF is investigating the lapses in border security and the circumstances that allowed the attacker to remain undetected for several hours.
Both Prime Minister Netanyahu's office and the Israeli military emphasized that the incident does not reflect the overall Israeli-Egyptian relationship. The defense minister, Yoav Gallant, held a conversation with his Egyptian counterpart, Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Zaki, stressing the importance of joint cooperation in investigating the attack and preventing future incidents.
The Israel-Egypt border has experienced relative peace since the signing of a peace agreement between the two countries in 1979. However, incidents involving gunfire between smugglers and IDF soldiers and cross-border fire have occurred sporadically.
In response, Israel constructed a significant barrier along the border to prevent illegal migration and counteract potential threats from jihadists operating in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
The deadly shooting of three Israeli soldiers by an Egyptian police officer has shaken the nation, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to pledge a comprehensive investigation. As condolences are extended to the families of the fallen soldiers, the nation remains determined to find answers and ensure justice prevails.
Egypt has distanced itself from the shooter, while both countries emphasize the importance of ongoing cooperation to prevent future incidents and preserve the peaceful relationship established by the 1979 peace agreement.