Renowned Professor, Bride-to-Be Among the 4 Israelis Killed in Cold Blood by Palestinian Terrorists in Tel Aviv
A renowned professor and a bride-to-be were among the four Israelis killed in Wednesday night’s terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, whose identities were cleared for publication on Thursday morning.
The two women and two men who were murdered when Palestinian terrorists from the village of Yatta near Hebron opened fire on diners at the Sarona Market outdoor mall complex, are: Ilana Naveh, 40, from Tel Aviv; Mila Mishayev, 32, from Rishon LeZion; and Ramat Gan residents Michael Feige, 58, and Ido Ben-Ari.
Ben-Ari was sitting with his wife and two children at the restaurant, Benedict, when the gunmen began their bloody spree. His wife was wounded in the attack.
Feige, who headed the Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, left behind a wife and two children. Mishayev, engaged to be married in a few months, is survived by parents, two brothers and a sister, who live in Ashkelon.
The terrorist attack occurred just after 9 pm Wednesday. The perpetrators arrived at the Sarona complex dressed in black business attire, which caused some eyewitnesses to believe they were ultra-Orthodox Jews. The two men sat down at the Max Brenner chocolate bar and ordered food, before drawing their weapons and shooting people at close range.
According to the Hebrew news site nrg, security-camera footage from the scene shows one of the terrorists throwing his gun down in disgust, when its clip got stuck. At this point, the two men left the restaurant and began running in the direction of a nearby street, while the one still armed continued firing at passersby. Security guards on location chased after them, shooting and neutralizing them. One of them was arrested and the other was evacuated to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Medical Center, where he is being treated alongside those of his victims who survived the bloody attack.
On Thursday, nrg reported, the defense establishment was continuing its investigation of the event, in which the four people mentioned above were killed, and another 7 wounded, a greater number than was originally reported.
Approximately two hours after the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who had just landed in Israel after flying to Russia to visit President Vladimir Putin, partly to discuss the Palestinian issue – convened an emergency meeting at the Kirya military headquarters, right across the street from Sarona, where the attack took place. Newly appointed Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman was also in attendance, as was Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan and the heads of various defense branches.
As a result of assessments and conclusions reached during the meeting, Major General Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), ordered a freeze on the 204 Israel entry permits that had been given to family members of the terrorists. An additional 83,000 permits, issued to Palestinians to make it easier for them to celebrate the month of Ramadan, were also suspended – and the easing of restrictions for residents of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, was halted.