The shooting deaths of two Israel soldiers who were hitching back home has been proven to be the work of members of the Palestinian Authority security forces. The two men turned themselves in to Palestinian authorities and confessed to the crimes. Up to this point, the government of President Abbas had claimed the shootings were a criminal act that had nothing to do with its forces. Israelis are infuriated that Palestinians did not immediately inform them of the arrest nor of the confessions of the two men.
At this point in the struggle to secure a just peace between the two groups, it is imperative that both sides stand back from hostile actions that could damage efforts. Israeli housing construction was condemned by this writer, and we strongly condemn this outrage by members of the Palestinian Authority. Both murderers must immediately be turned over to Israel. Both sides have to avoid such incidents.