Haaretz is reporting that the suspects, who are said to have confessed to the crime, are members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. A Shin Bet official told the newspaper that the suspects, Amjad Mahmad Awad, 19, and Hakim Mazen Awad, 18, “described what they did with self-control and did not express regret over their actions at any stage of the investigation.”
Just three weeks before the Fogels’ murder, Palestinian TV had reportedly broadcast a tribute to a terrorist involved in another deadly 2002 attack upon Itamar.
Within days of the murder, Hamas was spreading the disinformation that an Asian worker, disgruntled over pay withheld by the “settler family from Itamar settlement,” was the primary suspect.
As transportation minister Yisrael Katz told Army Radio, “To those Palestinians who said ‘it can’t be one of us,’ well, it turned out to be one of you.”