JERUSALEM, Israel -- An Israeli military court sentenced Amjad Awad, 19, to five life sentences plus seven years, the same sentence handed down to his cousin, Hakim, 18, in September, for the brutal murder of five members of the Fogel family last March.
The two cousins, residents of the Arab village of Awarta, entered the home of Udi and Ruth Fogel in nearby Itamar late on a Friday evening, stabbing them and three of their six children -- Yoav (11), Elad (4) and three-month-old Hadas -- to death.
Amjad smiled as he entered the courtroom, Israeli media reported. In May, Amjad told reporters he was "proud of what he did" and "would do it again."
Almagor Terror Victims Association head Lt. Col. (ret.) Meir Indor, criticized the court's decision not to seek the death penalty, saying "murderers of children return to their cells with [a] triumphant smile," Independent Media Review and Analysis reported.
Indor said the sentencing will inspire more kidnappings to effectuate the release of murderers, like the Awad cousins, in a future prisoner exchange.
"The next kidnapping is coming," Indor warned.