The Palestinian man who murdered a young Israeli woman had "nationalist" motives, the Shin Bet security agency has said.
The body of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher was found on Thursday south of Jerusalem and her suspected murdered Arafat Irfaiya, 29, was arrested on Saturday in what the Shin Bet now says was a "nationalist" attack.
Both the police and the Shin Bet security agency said earlier that investigations had so far not concluded whether it was a "terrorist attack" or driven by another motive.
But in the run-up to general elections in April, politicians and Israeli media appeared to have already made up their minds.
And on Sunday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is under pressure and seeking re-election in April, pledged to freeze money transfers to the Palestinian Authority in line with a law voted in July by parliament, which has yet to be implemented.
The prime minister also visited the Ansbacher family on Sunday evening and promised that he will make good on his pledge.
In July last year, the Israeli parliament passed legislation to partially withhold funds, in response to Palestinian Authority payments to families of Palestinians jailed by Israel for attacks against Israelis.
Ansbacher's body was found late Thursday in southeast Jerusalem, and she was buried the next day in her Israeli settlement of Tekoa.
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