Father: Gush Etzion Hit-And-Run Was Terror Attack

Father of one of three IDF soldiers seriously injured in hit-and-run last week adds his voice to claims of a cover-up by authorities.

Yoni Kempinski and Ari Soffer ,

Parents Roni and Yakira Ahaand Yakira Aharoni
Parents Roni and Yakira Ahaand Yakira Aharoni
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The father of one of three IDF soldiers injured by a Palestinian driver in a hit-and-run incident last week has rejected "politically-motivated" attempts to portray it as an accident.

Roni Aharoni, whose son Yehonatan was seriously wounded in the incident, told Arutz Sheva his son had told him in hospital immediately after the attack that he was certain the driver had aimed for them - and that he even sped up as he veered towards the group.

Aharoni accused political elements of seeking to cover-up what really happened for ulterior motives - echoing a claim made by the head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, Davidi Perl, two days after the incident.

On Thursday, Perl told Kol Yisrael public radio that the estimate is unreasonable and that he is convinced it is only intended to calm the public and convince it that there is no escalation in terror attacks.

The only possible source for the new version of events, Perl said, is the interrogation of the driver - who had handed himself in to authorities hours earlier following the arrest of several of his relatives.

But Aharoni insisted that just by looking at the video claims of an accident seem very hard to believe.

"Look at the video - and anyone who doesn't have the video should call me and I will send them the video... on the video you see how he knocked them down like bowling pins."