Shabak: Ramming attack due to 'nationalistic' motives

Terrorist admits he intended to kill soldiers. One soldier is still fighting for his life.

Uzi Baruch ,

Scene of the ramming attack
Scene of the ramming attack

Investigations show that those killed in Friday's ramming attack - a soldier and an officer - were in fact killed intentionally, and not in a car accident.

The attack, which occurred near Mevo Dotan, left two IDF soldiers dead and an additional two injured. Israeli and Palestinian Authority rescue teams arrived at the scene within a few minutes and began treating the injured.

Initial investigations showed that the terrorist rammed into the soldiers as they stood on the side of the road, strengthening the suspicion that the terrorist intentionally veered off the road.

A later investigation by the Israel Security Agency (Shabak) showed that the ramming was done for nationalistic reasons. At first, the terrorist claimed that it was a car accident, but he later changed his story and admitted that he intended to ram the soldiers in order to kill them.

Petah Tikva's Beilinson Hospital staff is still fighting for the life of another soldier, who was severely injured and is not yet out of danger.

The injured soldier underwent several operations overnight, and is currently in the hospital's intensive care unit. A fourth injured soldier also underwent several operations, and is currently in moderate condition.

On Saturday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) said he would ask for a death sentence for the terrorist, and to punish all those who cooperated with him.

"Just before Shabbat (the Sabbath - ed.) began, we were informed of a serious terror attack. We will work on obtaining a death sentence for the terrorist, destroying his home, and punishing all those who cooperated with him," Liberman tweeted Friday afternoon.

"There's no such thing as 'lone wolf' terror. This is terror which is supported by [Palestinian Authority Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas, and the Palestinian Authority, which pays money to the terrorists' families. We will stop them."

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Saturday evening, "From the depths of my heart, I send condolences to the families of the IDF officer and soldier who were murdered yesterday by a reprehensible terrorist, and my best wishes for a quick recovery to the injured."

"We will work to demolish the home of the terrorist and will deal with him to the fullest extent of the law."