Rabbi Achiad Ettinger, critically wounded in terror attack, dies


Israel's security forces are in the middle of an intensive manhunt for the Palestinian terrorist who killed an Israeli Defense Forces' soldier and an Israeli civilian in the West Bank outside of Ariel on Sunday, and wounded another soldier before fleeing into a Palestinian village, ditching a stolen vehicle and disappearing. After stabbing the soldier, the terrorist managed to seize his rifle and immediately opened fire on passing vehicles, hitting an Israeli motorist.

Medics said they evacuated two Israeli men, aged 16 and 20, to hospital with both suffering bullet wounds and in serious condition.

Netanyahu said Monday terrorism won't deter the Israeli government from building more settlements in the West Bank town of Ariel - an issue that's caused great conflict.

According to al-Ayyam, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the resumption of talks over the restoration of calm with Hamas through mediators.

It started outside the city of Ariel, a Jewish community in Judea and Samaria less than 30 miles from Tel Aviv.

"We know the terrorist's identity", Netanyahu said.

A group of Palestinians has filed a request to intervene in a lawsuit between Israeli settlers and Airbnb Inc., alleging that several Israeli settlement listings on the US-based company's website are on lands that actually belong to them.

Overnight Sunday, the army entered the Abu Laila home in the Palestinian village of Az-Zawiya in the Salfit Governorate in the northern part of the West Bank.

Netanyahu also pledged security forces would track down the attacker and he said the assailant's home would be demolished, a policy regularly carried out by Israel.

Gantz's alliance responded that "never in the history of the country has an Israeli minister taken advantage of the death of the victims of attacks for political propaganda even before the funeral of the dead".

In the same period Israeli forces killed 295 Palestinians, the United Nations said, a lot of them in Gaza where the army has shot thousands of protesters along the frontier who were demanding, in part, an end to a severe blockade on people and goods.

For years, Palestinian activists and their supporters have urged Airbnb and other companies to stop doing business in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The compound in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem is the third-holiest site in Islam and a focus of Palestinian aspirations for statehood.

The attack came three days after Hamas launched two rockets at Tel Aviv for the first time since 2014.

More than 50 Israelis have been killed since late 2015 in a series of stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks, predominantly by Palestinians or Israeli Arabs.