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Palestinian murderer of Israeli teen had 'nationalist' motive

AFP  |  Jerusalem 

The Palestinian man who murdered a young Israeli woman had "nationalist" motives, the security agency has said.

The body of 19-year-old was found on Thursday south of and her suspected murdered Arafat Irfaiya, 29, was arrested on Saturday in what the now says was a "nationalist" attack.

Both the police and the 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 in April, politicians and Israeli media appeared to have already made up their minds.

"I have no doubts about the nationalist motives of the murderer," told public radio.

Despite a court gag order, Israeli were abuzz at the weekend with what newspaper called "graphic descriptions about the alleged nature of the murder".

And on Sunday Benjamin Netanyahu, who is under pressure and seeking re-election in April, pledged to freeze money transfers to the in line with a law voted in July by parliament, which has yet to be implemented.

The also visited the Ansbacher family on Sunday evening and promised that he will make good on his pledge.

In July last year, the passed legislation to partially withhold funds, in response to payments to families of Palestinians jailed by for attacks against Israelis.

The on Sunday said it had started preparations to demolish the home of the Palestinian suspect in the flashpoint city of on the occupied

Ansbacher's body was found late Thursday in southeast Jerusalem, and she was buried the next day in her Israeli settlement of

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 02:50 IST