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April 6, 2017 5:15 pm

IDF Soldier Slain in West Bank Car-Ramming Attack Described as ‘Sweet Kid’ Who ‘Couldn’t Hurt a Fly’

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Elhai Teharlev, the IDF soldier killed in Thursday’s car-ramming attack. Photo: Courtesy of the Teharlev family.

Elhai Teharlev — the 20-year-old IDF sergeant who was killed in a car-ramming attack carried out by a Palestinian terrorist at a bus stop in the West Bank on Thursday morning — was a “sweet kid” who “couldn’t hurt a fly,” a friend told the Hebrew news site nrg.

Teharlev — a Talmon resident who served in the Golani Brigade — was laid to rest on Thursday evening at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem. He is survived by his parents, Ohad and Avital, and six siblings — three brothers and three sisters.

The slain soldier was a graduate of the Makor Chaim yeshiva in Gush Etzion — the same institution where two of the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists in June 2014 studied.

Talmon — a settlement located between Modi’in and Ramallah — published a statement following the attack, saying, “The dear and beloved Elhai, son of the community, was murdered. A talented, modest and popular boy. The pain pierces the hearts of the neighbors, friends, youth movement members and all community members who knew Elhai and admired him.”

Nachum Bienenfeld — a volunteer United Hatzalah EMT who responded to the attack, which took place next to Ofra — said, “When I arrived at the scene, I found a a very tragic and difficult situation. 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…Security poles that had been set up near the bus stop due to a previous ramming attack that had taken place at that bus stop prevented injury to other civilians who were standing at the bus stop.”

President Reuven Rivlin tweeted, “We lost today a dear son, Elhai Teharlev, in our ongoing struggle to safeguard our citizens. Our thoughts are with the bereaved & injured.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted, “In the name of the people of Israel, I ask to condolences to the Teharlev family over the murder of Elhai — their dear son, a Golani Brigade soldier — in a ramming attack today. May his memory be a blessing.”

The perpetrator of Thursday’s attack next to Ofra was arrested on site. He was identified as 22-year-old Malik Hamad, a resident of the nearby Palestinian village of Silwad. Following the attack, the IDF froze the permits of Hamad’s family members that enabled them to work in Israel.

The Gaza Strip-based Hamas terrorist group praised Hamad’s action, with a spokesperson characterizing the attack as a “heroic” response to “the continued crimes of the Zionist occupation.”

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  • Joseph Feld

    May G-d comfort Elhai’s family and friends among those who mourn for Zion and Jerusalem.

  • Dani

    Since the killer is still alive, it would be important to make him speak. He might have not planned this attack on his own. Other killers might be waiting for their turn. No exchange for him should be allowed.

  • Kris Kristian

    why was this savage bastard terrorist not shot dead at the scene?
    Now, Israel will have to waste money on feeding him. Money which could have been used to feed hungry Israelis
    What is the matter with the IDF. They have now sentenced 3 soldiers to `8 months in prison for beating up a terrorist.
    Is the IDF mad?
    Stop worrying about the terrorist murderers. Rather think of our soldiers.

  • danepol

    Deepest condolences, beautiful boy and your dear family.

  • The Arabs do not belong in The Land of Israel; that includes Judea and Samaria. The past has shown that they know only terror and violence. They are killing their own people by the thousands. The Arabs/Muslims killed the Jews in Medina about 1400 years ago, which was a Jewish city going back over 2,800 years and took over the city. To date nothing has changed. They want to take over the whole world. Look at what they doing in Syria, Europe and Sweden raping women and terrorizing people. The Arab Palestinians have Jordan which historically is Jewish land or the homes and the 120,000 sq. km. of Jewish Real Estate property the Arab countries confiscated from the million Jewish families they terrorized and expelled from their countries, who now were resettled in The Land of Israel.

    “In Israel; We have to undue and reverse the decades of nonsense that the peace industry has fermented, which led us to the position where the world thinks we the Jews are occupiers in our own ancestral land. If something is false and it is repeated enough times it becomes sort of common wisdom. We have to undo that.”

    Yj Draiman

    To me and to most Traditional Jews, Greater Israel is the Biblical Israel, which included a good part of the territory east of the Jordan River. The original allocation of Palestine aka The Historical Land of Israel to the Jewish people included the territory east of the Jordan River and up-to the Railroad line which is about 120,000 sq. km.. The best defense is offense, no capitulation to Arab or worldwide pressure; we want what is ours no exceptions. See the minutes of the 1919 Paris conference, The 1920 San Remo Conference and the Faisal Weizmann Agreement of January 1919. The Arabs-Muslims received over 12 million sq. km. with a wealth of oil reserves of which over half of it has no habitation, plus the British in violation of treaties and agreements gave away over 77% of allocated Jewish territory and created the new Arab-Palestinian state of Jordan and prohibiting Jews from living there and confiscating all their assets, and now the Biased U.N. with non-binding resolutions and no legal standing (which has no authority to create countries, modify borders and violate international treaties and agreements, it can only recommend a non-binding opinion/resolution with no legal standing) and other nations who are intentionally deceived and or misinformed, want Israel to cede again their own historical territory for over 3,500 years, Judea and Samaria as a second Arab-Palestinian state (and plant a terrorist state in the heart of Israel, just like Gaza), after the disastrous ceding of Gaza and the constant rocket attacks against Jewish communities in Israel). My response to that is it is not going to happen; it is suicide for Israel, this is Jewish land with a history going back over 3,800 years; Jews are the remaining indigenous people, with the Jewish holiest city Jerusalem and the Capital of Israel (It was never a Capital of any other nation). Moreover Jerusalem is the home to two Jewish temples and the city of Hebron as the 2nd holiest city for the Jews with the Cave of The Jewish Patriarchs (The atrocities and murder committed by the Arabs in Hebron against the Jews goes at least as far back as 1517). The Arabs also terrorized and expelled over a million Jewish families with their children and confiscated all their assets including, personal property, businesses, homes and about 120,000 sq. km. of Jewish owned Real Estate property and land for over 2,500 years; valued in the trillions of dollars. Most of the expelled Jewish families and their children were resettled in Israel, and today comprise over half the population. Any Jew who wants to cede land to the Arabs has no place in Israel, especially in view of past results that such land for peace has brought more terror and violence and less safety and security for Israel and its people.
    No Jew has the right or authority to cede Jewish territory and any such ceding of Jewish territory is not valid.
    “A United Israel is a strong Israel”
    YJ Draiman, President of AFSI in the Greater Los Angeles area
    AFSI – Americans for a Safe Israel

    There must not be second guessing in killing a terrorist.
    “Israel’s Disproportionate and Callous Restraint.”
    This policy by Israel’s government endangers the population of Israel and reduces safety and security.
    A response with no holds barred and zero tolerance must be taken – less talk and more action and action speaks louder than words – take off the gloves and destroy the enemy and the threat once and for all. The British and Americans after rockets hit London in WWII sent bombers on a daily basis and destroyed German infrastructure and leveled cities. The U.S. to save American lives destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Israel must do what is necessary to protect its people with no restraint whatsoever and not pacifying the anti-Semitic world at large; which throughout history has persecuted the Jewish people and used them as scapegoats.
    It is your duty and responsibility to protect the people of Israel at all costs. Do your duty. Death to all terrorists must be mandatory.
    YJ Draiman

  • The brutal murder of IDF Sgt. Elhai Teharlev was a cowardly act brought on by incitement coming from the PLO/Hamas terrorist entity. As long as the PLO/Hamas occupation continues, more crimes against Jews will result. After Malik Hamad is convicted, he must remain in prison for life.

  • Mike AU

    I love the kids smile, looks like he’s about to burst into
    laughter ! The guy behind him to the left doesn’t look so
    amused. What a sad and terrible attack on a young life,
    a person who contributed to society and was loved by
    his family and friends.
    Hamas wont let up with their hatred and vile comments,
    THE REAL HERO DIED ! How on earth is it possible to
    make peace with these people, especially now they have
    support in universities all over the world? A new generation
    that believe these types of terror attacks are acceptable??
    That the taking of human life is just a consequence of their
    ideology, so cold and inhuman !

  • GeenBeen

    He meant the Arab occupation of Jewish land? My heart breaks. May Hashem avenge Elhai Teharlev’s death 1000X. May all the Palestinians suffer for the evil perpetrated on innocent Israelis.