Israel arrests Palestinian over West Bank settler murder

Israel arrests Palestinian over West Bank settler murder
2 min read
24 December, 2020
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to 'settle accounts' with whoever killed the French-Israeli dual national.
Esther Horgan was found dead earlier this week [Getty]
Israel on Thursday announced the arrest of a Palestinian in connection with the murder of an Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank, in a case that raised tensions in the area. 

Esther Horgan, a 52-year-old mother of six and a French-Israeli dual national, was found dead this week in a forest near the Tal Menashe settlement in the north of the Palestinian territory.

Relatives said she had gone out jogging on Sunday and never returned. 

Following investigations by multiple branches of Israel's security services, including the army, "a suspect in the murder of the late Esther Horgan... has been detained", an Israeli government statement said.  

"The Palestinian suspect from the Jenin area is being investigated by the Israeli Security Agency," it added.

Earlier this week, Israel's army had reinforced its presence in the West Bank in response to surging tensions partly linked to Horgan's murder. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Monday that Israel will "settle accounts" with Horgan's killer and President Reuven Rivlin visited her family earlier Thursday. 

All Israeli settlements in the West Bank are regarded as illegal by much of the international community; the transfer of a civilian populace to occupied territories is widely considered to be a war crime.

But the settler population has grown in recent years. 

There are currently some 450,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank, living amid an estimated 2.8 million Palestinians. 

Tensions between Palestinians and Israeli settlers in the West Bank have repeatedly led to violence.  

Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967.

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