An Israeli soldier was killed by a Palestinian villager, reports emerging today have stated.
Twenty year old Sgt. Tomer Hazan accepted a ride with Nadal Amar, 42, when he was lured to an open area near Amar’s home village of Qalqiliya, in the West Bank. He was then killed and his body hidden in a well.
Amar reportedly believed he could use the body of the soldier as a bargaining chip to secure the release of his brother, who has been incarcerated in an Israeli prison since 2003.
Hazan and Amar had allegedly worked together in a restaurant in Bat Yam, Israel.
The murder has the potential to derail the peace talks underway between Israel and Palestine, which US State of Secretary John Kerry hopes will bring an end to the decades of conflict.
Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon has pointed the finger at Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in a press release. “This brutal murder is the result of ongoing incitement by the Palestinian leadership,” he said.
Whilst prominent right wing politician Naftali Bennett said, “20 years after the Oslo Accords [were signed] our partner hasn’t changed.”
At the end of August peace talks were also threatened following the killing of three Palestinians in Qalandia refugee camp, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, by Israeli soldiers during a raid.
Since the resumption of peace talks seven Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers.