It was recently released for publication that 20-year-old IDF Golani Brigade Sgt. Elhai Taharlev from the Talmon settlement was identified as the soldier who was murdered in the car-ramming attack this morning near the entrance to Ofra. Elhai studied with the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped and murdered within Gush Etzion in 2014. Israeli security forces raided the terrorist’s home.
The scene of today’s terror attack
The name of the IDF soldier who was murdered today (Thursday) in the Ofra car-ramming attack has been released for publication: 20-year-old IDF Golani Brigade Sgt. Elhai Taharlev from the Talmon settlement. He will be brought to rest this evening at 6:30 PM at the Mt. Herzl military cemetery.
The terror attack investigation indicates that the terrorist, 21-year-old Silwad resident Malak Hamed, drove along the road several times in search of soldiers. The terrorist drove to Tapuah Junction and back to Ofra. Upon reaching Ofra, he noticed soldiers standing at the junction, so he turned around, rammed into two of them and Elhai was killed on the spot.
The late Elhai Taharlev The late Elhai Taharlev Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Taharlev family/Channel 2 News
The second soldier was slightly injured and was transported to a Jerusalem hospital for further medical treatment. The terrorist was shot by Israeli security forces and was only slightly injured. He was arrested by soldiers who arrived at the scene and was brought in for interrogation. Israeli security forces raided the terrorist’s home in Silwad and interrogated his family.
Elhai is the son of Rabbi Ohad Taharlev, who is a known figure within the Religious Zionism movement and is the head of a religious seminary that promotes women enlisting into the IDF. Elhai was studied with the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped in 2014: Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel.