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This photo, found by Israeli military forces on a computer in the house of a Hamas terrorist in Khan Younis by Israeli forces, featured a picture of IDF Arabic language spokesperson LTC Avichay Adraee used as a shooting target.

A Palestinian Authority terrorist involved in a lethal ramming and stabbing attack last month in Ra’anana was hoping to murder IDF Arabic language spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Avichay Adraee, according to security personnel.


Adraee maintains a highly popular Arabic-language account on the X social media platform. A photo found by Israeli military forces on a computer in the house of a Hamas terrorist in Khan Younis by our forces featured a picture of the IDF Arabic language spokesperson, used as a shooting target.

70-Year-Old Woman Killed, 18 Wounded in Ra’anana Ramming-and-Stabbing Attack

The terrorist, 24-year-old Ahmed Zida’at, carried out the January 15 attack with 44-year-old Mahmoud Zida’at.

Both terrorists are residents of the Palestinian Authority village of Bani Naim, a suburb of Hebron, and were working illegally in Ra’anana at a car wash.

Ahmed Zida’at confessed during interrogation after his capture that he had noticed Adraee in a restaurant in the city, and had begun to follow him even before the October 7th outbreak of the war against Israel by Gaza’s Iranian-backed Hamas terror organization.

A 70-year-old woman, Edna Blustein, was killed and at least 18 other people, including at least eight children and teens waiting at a bus stop on their way home from school, were wounded in the attack.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.