Esther Horgan. (Courtesy) Courtesy
Terror victim

“I want to say clearly to these barbarians from the Palestinian Authority in front of the whole world: You will never break us,” stated Shomron Regional Council head Yossi Dagan.

By Aryeh Savir, TPS

Esther Horgan, a mother of six from the village of Tal Menashe in northern Samaria, was murdered Sunday in a terrorist attack in the Reihan Forest where she went for a run.

Horgan, 52, was an artist and a marriage counselor.

She was the mother of two daughters and four sons. The youngest of them is 13 years old and celebrated his bar mitzvah only three months ago.

Horgan set out around 1 p.m. Sunday for a run in the Reihan Forest near her community.

In the evening, after failing to contact her, her husband Benjamin called the security forces. The search teams, including the Samaria Rescue Unit, volunteers from nearby communities, army and police search teams set out to search for her. At around 1 a.m., she was found by one of the search units, lifeless and with her skull smashed.

The head of the Shomron Regional Council, Yossi Dagan, arrived at the scene and, together with the rabbi of the community, brought the bitter news to the family.

Dagan stated that “a dear woman so full of kindness, who helped people, goes out at noon in the center of the state of Israel for a sporting activity a minute from her home and is murdered by evildoers so cruelly.”

“What barbarians, like in the Middle Ages, what cruelty to hack the face of a 52-year-old woman cold-bloodedly with a rock! What evil are we facing?” he demanded.

“I want to say clearly to these barbarians from the Palestinian Authority in front of the whole world: You will never break us, and the settlement in Samaria will flourish and grow and build together with the whole of the State of Israel, because you in the barbaric Palestinian Authority choose death and we choose life. You act like barbarians in the Middle Ages and we are in 2020, and the people of Israel will win,” he declared, referring to incitement to terror rampant in the PA.

Netanyahu: ‘Security Forces Will Apprehend the Murderer’

“The late Esther Horgan was brutally murdered when she went out for a run near her home. The security forces will apprehend the murderer as quickly as possible and we will settle accounts with him. I would like to send deep condolences to the family,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated.

“This is a hard, heart-breaking morning with news of the cruel murder of Esther Horgan, who left her house yesterday añd did not return. A full life of wonderful works, of home and family, of creativity and care have been cut short by a beast in human guise. I have full faith that our security forces will get to the despicable murders and that justice will be done. I embrace Esther’s family, her children and their father. We are with you in this time of such deep grief,” President Reuven Rivlin said.

Reihan Forest is a nature reserve near the communities of Reihan and Tal Menashe.

Horgan is the third Israeli to be murdered in 2020.

Rabbi Shai Ohayon, a father of four, was stabbed to death by a terrorist in August. IDF soldier Amit Ben Yigal was killed in action in May.

United with Israel staff contributed to this report.

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