Edna Blustein
Edna BlusteinCourtesy of the family

Edna Blustein, 79, has been identified as the woman murdered in the attack in Raanana earlier today. 19 others were injured to varying degrees. The two terrorists who carried out the attack in Ra'anana today worked in a car wash in the city. Their employers have been arrested.

The terrorists have been identified as Mahmoud Zidaat, 44, and Ahmed Zidaat, 24, from the Hebron region. Neither had a permit to be in Israel.

The ISA reports that both were forbidden from entering Israel after they had been caught doing so illegally several times, even serving prison sentences for illegal entry into Israel. One claimed during his court case that he had done so only to feed his children.

One of the two wrote on Telegram, before he was arrested: ‘I have taken revenge. Allahu Akbar.” A forged identity card was found on one of the terrorists.

The attack, which developed into several scenes in Raanana, left one woman murdered and 18 Israelis injured. Five of the casualties were seriously injured, 8 moderately, and the rest lightly.

The terrorists began the attack from the car wash where they worked. One found a car and removed a 70-year-old woman from it, stabbed her, and took the car. The driver was taken to hospital with critical injuries, and doctors declared her dead.

After that, the terrorists struck an additional car, ran over pedestrians, and drove to Ahuza Street, where they changed cars and continued ramming victims.

The second terrorist also rammed pedestrians and escaped the scene. The two were arrested approximately half an hour apart. Both have prior convictions.

Mayor Chaim Broyde stated: “We share the pain of the family of the murdered resident of the city, and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”

“We handled two separate scenes today. The rapid response by the city’s security services, the police, and the municipal emergency squad prevented an even greater attack, saved lives, and allowed the rapid capture of both terrorists. I demand that all employers examine any employee and the reliability of his identity card.”

National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir likewise expressed his sorrow for the murder: “I bow my head in memory of the murdered Edna Blustein, who was murdered by a despicable terrorist. I send my heartfelt condolences to her family at this painful time, and pray, along with all of Israel, for the recovery of the wounded.”

“I strongly oppose the permission of Palestinian Authority workers into Israel. It poses a security risk, as was proven today, to my sorrow. We cannot return to the misconception of old. The Palestinian Authority is an enemy, and one cannot do business with an enemy, full stop.”