Hospital: Israeli rabbi dies of wounds sustained in Palestinian attack

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — An Israeli rabbi died on Monday of being wounded in a Palestinian attack on Sunday in the occupied West Bank that also killed one soldier in an incident that affected the Israeli political scene three weeks before a general election.

Rabbi Ahead Ettinger, 47, a resident of a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, was wounded by a live bullet on Sunday shortly after a soldier was stabbed at a road junction in the area.

Israeli officials said the attacker took over the 19-year-old soldier after he stabbed him, shot the rabbi and wounded a second soldier before fleeing into a stolen car.

A spokeswoman for the Beilinson Hospital near Tel Aviv said the rabbi, who was the director of a religious institute in the city, had died.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on Twitter: “The people of Israel are mourning for the killing of Rabbi Ahadit Ettinger.”

Culture Minister Miri Regev, one of Netanyahu’s strongest supporters of the Likud party, took advantage of Sunday’s chance to attack Netanyahu’s most powerful rival in the April 9 election, former armed forces commander Benny Gantz.

Regev Injantz, leader of the center-right Blue and White Party, will seek the support of an Arab deputy accused of inciting violence. Gantz accused the minister of exploiting the deaths of Israelis in “political propaganda”.

The Israeli army is looking into the suspected attacker, who Israeli media said was a 19-year-old Palestinian without any known affiliation to any of the Palestinian armed factions.

Palestinians, many of them individually and without any affiliation to Palestinian militant groups, launched a series of attacks in the West Bank in late 2015 and 2016, but the pace of such attacks has since declined.

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