Israeli Forces Kill Terrorist Responsible For Rabbi Raziel Shevach’s Murder

Ahmed Nassar Jarrar neutralized next to rifle magazines that he planned to use.
Israeli security forces shot and killed the  terrorist behind the murder of an Israeli father of six.

Nearly a month after Rabbi Raziel Shevach was killed in a drive-by attack at the Gilad Farms outpost junction in the northern Samaria, Ahmed Nassar Jarrar, a resident of Jenin, was killed Tuesday morning, the Israel Security Agency said in a statement.

Rabbi Raziel Shevach, right, shown with his family, was killed in a shooting near Nablus in the northern Samaria. (Facebook)

Jarrar was the head of the terrorist cell that perpetrated the January 9 shooting and personally participated in the attack, according to the statement.

Tuesday’s operation was a joint effort of the Israel Security Agency – also known as the Shin Bet, the Israel Defense Forces and the Israel Police, according to the statement.

Jarrar was killed during an attempt to arrest him in the village of Yamoun, near Jenin, where he was hiding. An M-16 rifle with many magazines and an explosives pack were found with him when he was killed.

Ahmed Nassar Jarrar

Other cell members who have been arrested have told investigators that the cell was involved in other attempts to plan and carry out terror attacks. A gag order has been placed on any additional details, according to the ISA.

In a statement issued after the operation, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “I praise the security forces for the determined and complex operation they carried out last night to apprehend the terrorist, who was ultimately eliminated. Several days ago I told Rabbi Raziel Shevach’s widow that we would catch the murderers and last night the mission was completed.”

Itamar Ben-Gal, the 40-year-old resident of Har Bracha, in Samaria. Ben-Gal is a father of four who recently celebrated the Bris of his son. He is said to be a beloved teacher in his community. (Facebook)

“The security forces will catch whoever tries to attack Israeli citizens and we will deal with them to the fullest extent of the law. So it will be with the murderers of Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal,” he said, referring to the Israeli father of four killed Monday afternoon in a stabbing attack in the settlement of Ariel.

Chilling photo of Rabbi Raziel Shevach who was murdered by a terrorist a few weeks ago and Itamar Ben-Gal who was murdered today. They met at a mutual friends simcha and posed for a photo.

Ben-Gal’s killer, identified as a resident of Jaffa with an Arab-Israeli mother and a Palestinian father, remained at large as of Tuesday morning.

Shevach and Ben-Gal knew each other through mutual friends. Shevach’s widow Yael shared a picture of her late husband with Ben-Gal om social media. “I never thought I would feel like I had a sister,” she wrote. “We’ll get through this together.”

Rabbi Raziel Shevach and his wife Yael. (Facebook)

She told Army Radio Tuesday that killing Jarrar will not address the root problem. “I understand the desire for account-settling, but when it comes with another killing, we haven’t solved the problem. So one person has been killed, what about the ones still waiting to kill another Jew?”

Hamas’s military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, on Tuesday claimed that Jarrar was one of its operatives.