Prayer vigil for father of 12 wounded in terror attack

Eli resident, Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger, identified as victim critically wounded in one of the two attacks in Samaria Sunday morning.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger
Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger
Ofer Amram

Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger, 47, a father of 12 and a resident of the Israeli town of Eli in Samaria, has been identified as one of the victims of the terror attack in Samaria on Sunday morning at the Ariel Junction in Samaria. The doctors at Beilinson Hospital are fighting for his life.

Nineteen-year-old IDF sergeant Gal Keidan was murdered, a second IDF soldier seriously wounded and Rabbi Ettinger critically wounded in two terror attacks in Samaria Sunday. Both wounded victims were evacuated to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva.

As doctors at Beilinson continue to fight to save Rabbi Ettinger's life, residents of Ettinger's hometown of Eli held a prayer vigil on his behalf.

Rabbi Ettinger, a well-known well-known educational figure in the national religious sector, serves as dean of the Oz V'Emunah hesder yeshiva in the Neve Sha'anan neighborhood of south Tel Aviv. He is a father of 12 children, who range in age from one to 20.

An initial investigation revealed that the terrorist apparently stabbed Keidan, stole his weapon and shot Rabbi Ettinger. He then fired from his vehicle at the Gitai Avisar junction, wounding a second IDF soldier, and fled in the direction of Barkan.

A directive was issued to close the gates in all localities in central Samaria as security forces hunt for the attacker.

Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan said in response to the double attack: "We are reinforcing the heroic IDF soldiers, and rely on the defense establishment and the IDF to reach these despicable terrorists and liquidate them."

"We never break down, never retreat. Settlement in Samaria is part of the people of Israel and part of the State of Israel. All the residents of Samaria, together with all the citizens of the State of Israel, rely on the IDF and strengthen the heroic soldiers," Dagan said.