IDF Brings Killer to Justice, U.S. Approves

The Israel Defense Forces conducted a counter-terrorism operation in Jenin on Tuesday to apprehend the terrorist who murdered Israeli brothers Hillel and Yagel Yaniv. When the IDF surrounded a house in Jenin, gunmen opened fire on soldiers, sparking a firefight that killed terrorist Abdel Fattah Hussein Kharousha, who was the prime suspect in the Yaniv brothers’ murders, and five others. 

The Biden administration demonstrated support for the IDF’s operation. Israel “has the legitimate right to defend its people and its territory against all forms of aggression, including, of course, those from terrorist groups,” said  U.S. State Department Spokesman Ned Price. “And we’ve…seen far too many vivid illustrations of the terrorist threat that Israel faces, including in recent days,” he added, noting the increased terrorist acts that killed 13 Israelis over the past month.

U.S. understanding of Israel’s need to carry out operations to combat terrorism is a key factor in Israel’s ability to defend itself. If the U.S. joined the list of nations that condemn the Jewish state for using its military to keep its citizens safe from terrorism, the added international pressure would further compromise Israel’s safety. Instead, the nation can find some solace in the fact that the Yanivs’ killer was brought to justice and that the U.S., Israel’s most powerful ally, supports its efforts.