Israeli security forces arrest suspect in Esther Horgen murder

December 25, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Israeli security forces have apprehended a suspect in the murder on Sunday of Esther Horgen, 52, in a forest near her home in Tal Menashe.

Binyamin Horgen and President Rivlin.

The suspect, a Palestinian from the Jenin area, was arrested following “accelerated intelligence and operational activity” by the Shin Bet, the Israel Police counter-terrorism unit and the Israel Defense Forces, and is currently being interrogated, the Shin Bet said in a statement. Other details of the investigation remain under a gag order.

Horgen was reported missing by her family after she didn’t return home from a jog in a nearby wooded area. Her body was discovered on Monday morning bearing signs of violence. According to police, her death is being investigated as a terrorist attack.

Horgen was laid to rest in Tal Menashe on Tuesday. She is survived by her husband, Benjamin Horgen, and six children.

President of Israel Reuven Rivlin paid a condolence call at the family home of Esther Horgan at Tal Menashe in Samaria. Esther was murdered in the Reichan Forest on Monday

Esther Horgan Photo: Courtesy

The president met Esther’s husband Binyamin and their children and hear about her joie de vivre and the help and support she offered to all those around. Her husband Binyamin told the president about her life and how she saw the good in everyone. “Esther brought light to the world. That is how she lived and that is how she educated and brought up our family.”

“You built this wonderful place to bring up, to love and with the wish to be part of this land, and not to make life difficult for others,” said the president, adding that in recent days he had read about Esther ז”ל and was deeply moved by the positive spirit that was with her in life. “You and those like you are today’s Zionists.”

Binyamin, Esther’s husband, said: “She did not just work at it, she also lived the meaning of seeing the good in every person and believed in it.” Odelia, their oldest daughter, told the president of the special connection with her mother, saying “My mother was my best friend. She was a backbone for me. As the oldest, I know that she and I grew together, helping each other to grow. She was there for everything I needed.”


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