Adiel Kolman, a 32-year-old father of four from Kochav Hashachar, died of his wounds last night after being stabbed near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City earlier in the day.
The attacker, named by security officials as Abd el-Rahman Bani, walked up to Kolman and stabbed him repeatedly in the upper body. Bani lived in the village of Aqraba near Nablus and had a one-week permit that had allowed him to enter Israel to look for work.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said after the attack: “The policeman did a good job of responding quickly, killing the terrorist, and preventing any more casualties. The Israel Police will continue to operate in Jerusalem and throughout the country against the despicable terrorists who are incited by the Palestinian Authority.”
On Friday, two Israeli soldiers were killed and another two injured following a car ramming attack outside a military observation post along a highway near the Mevo Dotan settlement in the West Bank. The victims were 20-year-old Sgt. Netanel Kahalani and 21-year-old Capt. Ziv Daos.
The attacker was named as Ala Qabha, a 26-year-old resident of the village of Bartaa. Qabha had served a prison sentence in Israel for security offences and was released a year ago. During his first round of questioning, he claimed the attack was a road accident but he later admitted that he “intended to run over soldiers”.
Hamas praised that attacks and said they could continue “until we obtain complete liberty for our people”.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to demolish the home of Qabha, with media reporting this morning that Israeli security forces are preparing for the demolition. IDF soldiers will maintain a heightened state of alert for the next few days.