(JNS.org) An Israeli soldier was killed Thursday morning and another was wounded in a car-ramming attack carried out by a Palestinian terrorist at a bus stop along Route 60 in Judea and Samaria.
Sgt. Elhai Teharlev, 20, a member of the IDF’s Golani Brigade, was identified as the slain victim. According to the Israeli emergency medical service organization Magen David Adom, the second victim, a 19-year-old man, was lightly injured in the attack and was fully conscious upon arriving at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem before being taken into surgery.
“The Palestinian vehicle had come up on the sidewalk, and rammed into a group of soldiers who were standing near the bus stop. The vehicle had continued and landed in a ditch by the side of the road,” said Nachum Bienenfeld, a volunteer EMT with United Hatzalah.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said sent his condolences to Teharlev’s family, and said that Israel’s security services “are working tirelessly to keep us safe, in a complicated battle in which the home front and the front line are one and the same.”
Following the attack, the Palestinian terrorist was quickly apprehended by Israel’s security forces and is currently in custody.
Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassim praised the terror attack, saying, “The Jerusalem intifada is continuing its work that will only end with freedom….Once again, the Jerusalem intifada proves that it isn’t a passing event, but rather a Palestinian decision to continue the struggle until freedom from occupation.”
Another Hamas spokesman, Abdul-Latif Qanou, lauded the “heroic ramming attack.”
The attack comes after warnings by Israeli security officials of increased terror activity during the upcoming Passover holiday, despite the waning of a Palestinian terror wave that began in the fall of 2015.