The body of an Israeli soldier has been found with stab wounds near an illegal settlement in the West Bank, the Israeli military said.
The soldier, who the military said was in civilian clothes and unarmed, was a student in a Jewish seminary in the West Bank that combines religious studies with service in the armed forces.
News agency Reuters reported Israeli military saying that he had been stabbed to death by a Palestinian assailant.
He was later identified as 19-year-old Dvir Sorek, from the West Bank settlement of Ofra.
"The approval of settlement plans is part of a disastrous government policy created to prevent the possibility of peace and a two-state solution, and to annex part or all of the West Bank", said Peace Now, which closely monitors Israeli settlement building.
The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad also praised the killing as "heroic and bold". Earlier, the prime minister said in a statement that security forces were "in pursuit now in order to capture the despicable terrorist and bring him to account".
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Earlier this week, Israel advanced plans for more than 2,300 settlement homes, leading to firm criticism from the United Nations envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Nickolay Mladenov.
President Donald Trump, whose Mideast team has deep ties to the settlements, has shown tolerance toward Israel's expansion of settler housing the West Bank. These vicious terrorists come to uproot and we come to plant.
Israeli troops entered the nearby Palestinian village of Beit Fajar as part of the search. They come to destroy; we come to build.
"Our prayers this morning are with the family of the murdered soldier and our hearts grieve for the life cut short", Rivlin said. "To make it clear that terrorism will not drive us away", he said.
Israel seized the West Bank, along with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Middle East war and has since continued to control the area despite worldwide criticism.
Palestinian attacks against Israeli security forces and settlers occur sporadically in the West Bank, occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War of 1967.