Defiance, hope as Bennett visits community struck by terror

January 19, 2016  

Less than 48 hours after the deadly terror attack which rocked the small Hevron Hills town of Otniel, Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) dedicated two new kindergartens in the community.

Bennett was in Otniel to pay a condolence call to the family of Dafna Meir, who was brutally stabbed to death in her home by an Arab terrorist.

Apart from the kindergartens, the Education Minister received a spirited welcome at the local high school:

Students greeted the Jewish Home party leader with songs of defiance, pulling him into a circle while singing “the main thing is not to fear!” and “the eternal nation isn’t afraid of the long journey!”

The minister, who spoke at Dafna Meir’s funeral, also visited the kindergarten attended by one of two children fostered by the Meir family. In a touching moment, the young boy presented Bennett with a picture he had drawn for him.

During his visit, Bennett and Hevron Hills Regional Council chief Yochai Dimri witnessed firsthand the spirit of resilience in the religious-Zionist community.

“Are you afraid?” they asked the young students; “No!” was the firm response.

“We will build more kindergartens and give more life to the community,” Bennett vowed to them in return. “You are helping me to make important decisions.”  


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