Photo Credit: Hatzalah
The car that was shot at between Elon Moreh and Itamar on Oct. 1, 2015.

Eitam Henkin, an officer in the elite Sayeret Matkal commando unit of the IDF, had no chance when a burst of gunfire slammed into his car from two different firearms on Thursday night. He and his wife Na’ama were killed within seconds before the horrified eyes of their four young children.

The lethal drive-by terror attack that killed the two Israeli parents took place shortly before 9 pm on the road between the Jewish communities of Itamar and Elon Moreh in Samaria, the IDF said.

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At least two terrorists targeted the vehicle as the Henkins drove past the Arab village of Beit Furik. The couple, both in their thirties, lived with their children in the Jewish community of Neria, north of Ramallah, in Samaria.

Medics who arrived at the scene said they were forced to declare both the father and mother dead when they found no vital signs in either body. Both bore multiple gunshot wounds in the torso.

Military sources said bullets were found at the scene from two different firearms, a rifle and a handgun.

Their four children were rescued from the vehicle and taken to the Itamar Junction where they received initial treatment from Magen David Adom (MDA) medical personnel.

The 4-month-old baby, and four-year-old, seven-year-old and nine-year-old boys, were taken with light injuries to a nearby medical center for further treatment.

IDF Spokesman Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner said, “Gunshots fired at a civilian vehicle, slaughtered two parents in front of their children. The IDF is operating to pursue and locate those responsible for this ruthless, heinous barbaric attack.”

The route between the communities of Itamar and Elon Moreh was closed off for the time being, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit added.

One of the first to arrive on the scene, MDA paramedic Boaz Malka said, “It was a very difficult scene. We saw a vehicle in the middle of the road, and a man in his thirties lying next to it with wounds in his upper torso. Inside the car sat a woman in her thirties, also with severe wounds to her upper torso. They were without any signs of life, and unfortunately we were forced to pronounce them dead on the spot.”

IDF soldiers fanned out across the area to search for the murderers.

The attack took place barely 24 hours after Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas announced from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly that his entity had renounced the internationally-recognized 1994 Oslo Accords.

Abbas declared the PA no longer considers itself obligated to meet its responsibilities under the agreement it signed with Israel at that time.

Education Minister and Bayit Yehudi party chairman Naftali Bennett issued a statement following the attack, saying the PA leader’s “call to arms was taken up tonight in Israel, and it is red with blood. A people whose leaders encourage murder will never have a state,” Bennett vowed, adding, “This must be made clear. Now the time of talking is done and the time for action has come.”

In the hour before the attack, Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stood before the UN General Assembly and slammed the incessant incitement and propaganda used by the Abbas government to whip up the Palestinian street.

Violent Palestinian Arab attacks on Israeli civilians and security personnel with a corresponding uptick in anti-Israel Palestinian Authority government incitement has escalated over the past several months, particularly over the past several weeks and especially since the start of the Jewish high holy days.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

43 COMMENTS

  1. This attrocity cannot only be blamed by these vile and inhumane terrorists, no, the blame also lies with everyone who has shown sympathy, gifted billions of pounds and dollars to this body of e – hiding under the umbrella of “religion of peace” – you are all responsible for the death of this family, I say family because you have just ruined the lives of the children as well as killing their parents. So, from the governments on down who have shown your passion for the dredges of this earth instead of giving credence to the people who have contributed most to this world, are just as pathetic in allowing armaments, money, supplies for tunnel-building, and you know these supplies wouldn’t be used to re-build the palestinian’s residences, you all have the blood on your hands, whether or not you sit in your cosy offices signing cheques or whether you sit and point fingers at Jews/Israel, you might as well have pulled the triggers which have blown away this family. I hope the guiltiness attributed to each and everyone involved will gnaw at your very soul – You have all batted for the wrong team and I hope not one of those involved, from whichever corner of this planet, will ever have peace. By feeding the expectations and demands of these palestinians/muslims, you are also condoning paedophiles, wife-beaters, sex-slaves and every pox-ridden attitude of these beasts of the field.

  2. Dear God in Heaven how much more must the Jewish people take before the rest of the civilised world comes to their aid.
    The fanatics scare me they have no conscience to murder a father & mother in front of their children !!! they are cowards all of them. God help us here in europe it is,nt the poor & needy that forcing their way into europe it,s the fanatics , the evil ones. Wake up every one before it is too late.

  3. Where is the international outrage? Where is Obama’s condemnation of Muslim extremists? May their memory be a blessing, and may God protect and guide their children. When will we deal with these murderous savages on an international level.? They are lower than swine.

  4. The repulsive animals who commit these atrocities and those who support, condone, and encourage them should receive the treatment which ruthless murderers deserve.
    F-"world opinion"–Israel needs to hunt down these savages, destroy them, and any who support them. For starters the villages from which these vile pigs emanate should receive collective punishment. These Arabs have shown they have forfeited their right to live in Israel.

  5. will Israel stop being so soft now?.how can one have peace if the other side only wants war?. the quiet war must begin, eliminate or deport those promoting violence and those who riot and do violence eg rock throwers,molitov cocktail throwers etc. rid Israel of these poisonous people.

  6. If the Muslims bomb us; why don’t we deport 1,000 Muslims for every person they murder. Granted, it’s not conventional. But we wouldn’t be killing anyone; and it may get the Muslims to stop this senseless Islamic-based terrorism. Or is this impossible with a guy in the White Housed named Barack Hussein Obama?

  7. Why not EXILE THAT WHOLE VILLAGE! Will there be one amongst them who is against it? This is the same PROFILE AS THE ROCK-THROWERS, though it may have been the parents or the older brothers, whereas they send the young to throw the stones so that they cannot be arrested. TIME FOR ZERO TOLERANCE OF SENSELESS ARAB HATRED AND INCITEMENT TO MURDER. This uptick goes back to the 'chatufim' – it doesn't seem to have stopped. Temple Mount incitement the same. All it is is HATRED OF THE HALF-BROTHER.

  8. When it comes to the ROCK (not stone) THROWING, I agree with you. Everyone must be taken off the high points from where they throw the rocks by ANY MEANS IT TAKES. But the army cannot cover every meter of freeway. Because they get away with the rock-throwing, now they want to make a bigger statement. Time for ZERO TOLERANCE and yes, it should probably involve community punishment for everybody in that village that doesn't condemn the attack. Time to banish them from Israel. Let them go and live in Jordan

  9. Some are innocent and victims of a terrible proxy war in Syria. But, inevitably, they will bring their conflicts with them to Europe, and they will not try to integrate. So it is a disaster for Europe. But yes, amongst them is the lunatic fringe – quite a broad fringe – that wishes to destroy Europe. They will surely pull down their rescuers.

  10. You are right. As Bibi said at his UN speech, which nation spoke out against the death threats to Israel. NONE! They have incited against Israel. BHO too, and he will continue to do. Israel pretty much stands alone against the nations of the world, and the world press -by and large – incites against Israel too, with the collusion of their governments.

    Yes the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob sees AND WILL ACT against the nations of the world, who are heaping judgement against themselves.

  11. Islam is a cult of death. There is nothing redeeming about Islam that is worth saving. In Roseburg Oregon a Moslem sympathiser Colored Man killed 13 students and wounded 20 more in a murderous campaign of destruction. Before he killed and wounded his victims, this brave "Moslem" warrior asked for the religion of each of his cictims before he shot them. Islam is a cult of death. The Arab village where these murderers lived should be razed to the ground and its inhabitants should be exiled to Jordan. The State of Israel needs to start protecting its Jewish population. The only way to do that is to force into exile its Arab population.

  12. Yosef Yankelev Yes. The time will come when the Israeli leadership must simply do what is right and ignore the liberal West, even USA. Bibi has had the spine to do this i.r.o. the Iran deal. But I read this morning on channel 2 that the USA has criticised Israel re shooting dead the terrorist in the old city who succeded in stabbing 2 to death and the mother of the tinok is still in 'matsav kashe.' I have not read any internation press comments yet, but I bet one will be hard-pressed to find condemnation and sympathy for this next set of murders, designed to keep Jews away from the kotel hamarvi.

    Bibi did not speak strongly enough against Abbas, who does not seek peace. But the W. world doesn't know it; the press is rigged, largely, and Bibi is viewed as extreme right wing, which he is not.

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