Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has identified the two British-Israeli sisters who were killed by Palestinian terrorists in a shooting in the West Bank as Maia and Rina Zakharan.
The sisters, who were in a car near an Israeli settlement in the West Bank on April 7, were shot to death.
Their ages were 20 and 15, respectively.
Netanyahu expressed his sympathies to the family “on behalf of all Israeli people” in a tweet.
The Israeli prime minister addressed the sisters by name for the first time, saying: “On behalf of all the citizens of Israel, I send my condolences to the Di Mafart family for the murder of the two wonderful sisters.”
“In these moments, if the family is fighting for its life, and together with the entire nation of Israel, I pray for its safety, and we all send our condolences and strength to this dear family in this moment of great sorrow.”
In response to rocket assaults from Lebanon on northern Israeli communities on April 6, Israel launched airstrikes at sites in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon affiliated to the Palestinian terrorist organisation Hamas.
An Italian tourist was killed, and five other Italian and British citizens were injured when a car slammed a group in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv hours after the British-Israeli sisters were shot to death.
The kids’ father, Rabbi Leo Dee, said in a statement to the London-based Telegraph newspaper that his family “has felt a warm hug of love from Jews in Israel and beyond” and “are certain that justice will be done.”
Rabbi Dee formerly served as the senior rabbi at the Radlett United Synagogue in Hertfordshire and the assistant rabbi in Hendon, north London, according to The Telegraph.