Scene of attack in Elad
Scene of attack in Elad Allan Malka

The investigation into the murderous attack in the haredi city of Elad on Thursday has revealed that the two terrorists, Assad Al-Rifai and Subhi Abu Shakir, residents of the Jenin area, contacted one of their victims, Oren Ben Yiftach, at the conclusion of Independence Day and asked him to drive them to Elad.

The two claimed to him that they were working on the renovation of a synagogue in the city. Oren complied with their request - and when they arrived near the synagogue, they surprised him and started stabbing him.

Oren tried with his remaining strength to fight the terrorists and even managed to wound one of them, but in the end, they overcame him and continued their murderous campaign.

More than 48 hours have passed since the attack in which Ben Yiftach, Boaz Gol and Yonatan Havakuk were murdered. Defense Minister Benny Gantz, during a visit on Saturday night to the command post of the Israel Police, the IDF and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), said, "We will capture the terrorists and reach all those involved in this incident. We are in the midst of tense days in the face of brutal terrorism. The IDF, the Shin Bet and the police are cooperating in all cases and we are examining and considering our steps."

Gantz implicitly referred to the possibility that Israel would eliminate the Hamas leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, and said, "We will make our decisions and do so in the right forums, and only in them."

Meanwhile, following a situational assessment, it was decided on Saturday night to extend the closure on Judea and Samaria, as well as on the Gaza border crossings, until Monday.

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said that exceptions will be made only for humanitarian, medical and other unusual cases, and in accordance with approval from COGAT.

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