Israeli rabbi, injured in Palestinian attack, dies

West Bank shooting

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Monday criticized Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for not condemning a deadly West Bank attack that killed two Israelis, and said that the Palestinian celebration of terror is "the problem".

People attend the funeral of 47-year-old Rabbi Achiad Ettinger in the settlement of Eli in West Bank, on March 18, 2019.

The attack began around 9:45 a.m. when a Palestinian terrorist, identified as Omar Abu Lila, stabbed the soldier with a knife and managed to steal his weapon.

He then drove to the nearby Gitai Avishar Junction, where he shot a soldier standing at a hitch-hiking post.

"With grief and deep sorrow, the Ettinger family announces the passing of the saintly Rabbi Achiad Ettinger who sacrificed himself for the sanctification of God in the hands of a lowly murderer during a terror attack in which Achiad displayed daring, spiritual might, and great courage, while shooting the despicable terrorist".

"Heart-breaking news of the death of Rabbi Achiad Ettinger ז " ל who was injured in yesterday's bad terrorist attack that also claimed the life of Staff Sergeant Gal Keidan", Rivlin said in a statement released by his office.

Since 2015, Palestinians have killed over 50 Israelis in stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks in the West Bank.

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Ettinger, an ordained rabbi, lived in a West Bank settlement and headed a religious seminary in Tel Aviv.

"Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets and stun, injuring two Palestinians in the abdomen and leg", Ma'an News Agency reported. They note that the properties the settlers wish to list on Airbnb are located in Jewish Israeli settlements that Palestinians are prohibited from entering and that the listings themselves indicate discrimination on the basis of national origin and religion.

The security footage from the scene of the attack shows Lila approach the bus station where the 19-year-old Keidan was patrolling the area.

The IDF said in a statement that they were searching for the gunman.

As part of her ongoing public "warnings" that Gantz wants to form a parliamentary majority with the Palestinian lawmaker, Regev went on to say that Gantz "wants to sit with that person" in government. Gantz accused Regev of using Israeli deaths for "political propaganda".

Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip during the 1967 war. The Trump administration has cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians amid the PA's boycott of the White House for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The attack, which didn't cause any damage or injury, was attributed to Hamas, despite the Sunni-Islamist fundamentalist organisation denied any involvement.

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