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Eilat, Jordan and the Red Sea

Jordanian national Taher Khalef was convicted Thursday in Be’er Sheva District Court of trying to kill two divers in Eilat in November 2018, using a hammer.

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Khalef was convicted on two counts of attempted murder and charges of terrorism.

As part of the plea bargain deal, Khalef admitted to having used his entry permit for working in Israel in order to carry out a terrorist attack and die as a “shahid” (martyr) in exchange for a 19-year prison sentence.

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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.