At the start of the Cabinet meeting on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his appreciation to Israel’s security apparatus for successfully apprehending the terrorist who killed the late Esther Horgan late last month.
“I would like to commend the ISA, the [Israel Police] anti-terror unit, and the IDF for apprehending the reprehensible terrorist who brutally murdered the late Esther Horgan. We will deal with him – and with those who aided him – to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.
On December 21, 52-year-old Esther Horgan, a mother of six, was brutally murdered in an apparent terrorist attack while jogging near her home in Tal Menashe, Shomron (Samaria).
Following an extensive search, her murderer, 40-year old Muhamad Kabha, was caught by the IDF.
The Israel365 charity fund is still raising money for her 6 orphans, 100% of the money raised will be donated immediately to the grieving family.
Horgan left her home on Sunday in the afternoon to go for a jog in the Shaked Forest adjacent to her home. When she did not return, her family notified the police and a search was launched that continued until the morning when her body was found with signs of violence.
She was laid to rest on Tuesday morning. Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein (Likud) spoke before the funeral, calling the deadly terror attack an act of “monstrous cruelty”.
Her husband, Binyamin, described the events leading up to the attack.
“Esther went out yesterday as she used to, for a hike in nature, which she loved so much. No adventurous acts, just a hiking trail like there is in every normal place in the country, and she did not come back. She was so full of life and light and love for everyone, and all this was cut short in an instant. It is impossible to describe at all in words, who can do such an act?” he said in tears.
“We should all be here in the community, in the council, all the people of Israel, and provide the appropriate Zionist answer to acts of destruction and killing by more light, more life, more construction, more creation, more action on the land for our children and all the people of Israel,” he added.
“Esther raised a great family, loved the grandchildren and now they will have no mother, no grandmother. Esther will be missed by all of us, the family and everyone who knew her. Before I knew what was happening, I received messages from all sorts of people who recalled how much she touched them and how much she did. We see the great success of the family and of the community in general, and that is largely thanks to her.”
A despicable and cowardly terrorist had a burning hatred that he took out on a wonderful, innocent woman, Esther Horgan,” said Edelstein Tuesday morning. “He murdered her with monstrous cruelty not because she did anything to him, rather simply because she was Jewish.”
“I am certain that our security forces will quickly apprehend the terrorist and bring him to justice.”
Samaria Regional Council Chief Yossi Dagan called the victim “A wonderful woman, full of goodness, who went out in the middle of the day to exercise near her home. What kind of savages are we up against? Israel will triumph, they won’t break us.”
“Esther left behind a husband and six orphans – two girls and four boys. Her youngest is 13-years old and celebrated his bar mitzvah only 3 months ago,” Akiva Gersh of Israel365, said. “The Bible instructs us to “Comfort, comfort My people O’ Israel” and now is our chance to provide comfort and financial assistance to the family of Esther Horgan. 100% will be immediately transferred to Esther’s grieving family, so please give generously”