Nashat Melhem
Nashat MelhemHandout photo

Nashat Milhem, the terrorist who carried out the attack in Tel Aviv on January 1 and was eliminated by security forces a week later, was quietly brought to rest in his hometown of Arara on Tuesday night.

Israel had agreed to release Milhem’s body to the family for burial after the family agreed that the funeral would be a quiet one, and attended by only a handful of people.

The family agreed to the security establishment’s demands and some 40 people were in attendance at the funeral.

Earlier on Tuesday, Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan made clear that Milhem’s body would not be returned to his family for burial until it is clear that his funeral will not become a “show of support for terrorism”.

“As long as the family meets the demands the Israel Police have made to ensure that the terrorist’s funeral will not be turned into a show of support for terrorism and incitement to additional attacks – then the body will be released,” Erdan said, according to remarks quoted by Haaretz.

Meanwhile, the investigation continues into how Milhem was able to evade security forces for one whole week after killing two people at a Tel Aviv pub and then murdering a cab driver.

Police on Sunday revealed that there may have been as many as 20 accomplices who either actively gave aid to Milhem, or else recognized him walking around his hometown of Arara in the north where he was found and chose not to report him.

Residents of the town revealed that "many people knew" he was hiding out there, apparently aided by his family, and chose not to inform the police.

On Sunday police revealed it took Milhem less than two hours to reach the town after conducting the shooting attack on a Dizengoff Street pub.