Rabbi Shai Ohayon, a 39-year-old father of four, was buried on Wednesday night after being stabbed to death in an apparent terror attack earlier in the day.
Ohayon was at an intersection in Petah Tikva when he was stabbed multiple times in his upper body. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him.
“When we arrived at the scene, we found a man who had been stabbed and was unconscious. We gave him first aid while performing CPR,” one medic said.
Ohayon was declared dead at Beilinson Medical Center.
Khalil Abd al-Khaliq Dweikat, 46, a father of six from the Nablus area with no history of terrorist activities, was arrested near the scene of the attack.
Dweikat was in Israel with a legal work permit and police are looking into the possibility that had a history of mental illness.
The Israel Defense Forces were reported to be mapping out Dweikat’s home in preparation of demolishing it.
“We will work to demolish the terrorist’s house and carry out the most severe punishment,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said while expressing his condolences to the family.
It has been slightly more than one year since an Israeli civilian was killed in a terror attack. On Aug. 19, 2019, Rina Schnerb, 17, was killed near Dolev when a bomb planted near her family was detonated.
Within the same 24 hours, arson balloons from Gaza sparked dozens of fires in the South while a Hezbollah cell tried to breach the border with Israel in the North.
“The events of the last day are a stark reminder of where we live and what the country is up against,” Herb Kenion wrote in the Jerusalem Post. “No one should fool themselves; the normalization treaty with the UAE is great, the coronavirus has tamped down points of friction between Hamas and the IDF, but this corner of the Middle East has not suddenly morphed into some peaceful oasis.”