(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Israel Defense Forces has entrusted intelligence entities with the investigation into Monday evening’s terror attack that left a high-ranking Israeli police officer dead, after searches in the Palestinian village of Idhna, where the attacker was thought to be hiding, did not lead to an arrest.
Monday’s attack took place about a mile east of the Tarkumia checkpoint, when a terrorist armed with an AK-47 assault rifle opened fire on three vehicles traveling from west to east on Route 35. Baruch Mizrahi, 47, was in the second vehicle and was killed when his car came under fire as he and his family were making their way from Modiin to a Passover seder in Kiryat Arba. Mizrahi’s wife, Hadassah, 41, was moderately wounded in the attack and was rushed to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. The couple’s children were unharmed. The first vehicle escaped unscathed and a child traveling in the third car was lightly wounded.
Mizrahi was a chief superintendent in the Israel Police. Hundreds attended Mizrahi’s funeral on Wednesday in the section of Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl cemetery reserved for police officers. His wife said, “Baruch, my love, it does not make sense to me how I ended up in this situation, where I am separated from you, where I am eulogizing you. Instead of growing old together as we planned and raising our children—Sharon, Einav, Itai, Nadav and Yuval—enjoying the seasons as they pass, enjoying tranquility, with the whistle of a bullet I lost the love of my life.”