Two Arabs from a village in northern Samaria have been arrested for the murder of taxi driver Gregory Rabinovich, whose body was found several months ago in a field outside Gan Yavneh. Security officials released details of the arrest of the two Thursday morning, saying that they had admitted their guilt under questioning. The murder is now classified as a terror attack, officials said. The terrorists, from a village under Palestinian Authority jurisdiction, were in Israel illegally. They will be indicted in an Israeli court Thursday morning.
According to investigators, the two rode with Rabinovich, an Ashdod resident, and planned to rob him. They then decided to murder him, and took him to an isolated area, where they choked him to death. One of the murderers said that they decided to kill Rabinovich in revenge for the death of one of their family members, an Islamic Jihad terrorist, who was killed by the IDF in 2007. The two said they had been planning other terror attacks as well.