A 60-year-old driver was killed on the eve of Rosh Hashanah after losing control of his car. The police are investigating whether the crash was caused by stones thrown at his car. Prime Minister called an emergency meeting to convene after the holiday on stone throwing in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu to convene an emergency meeting.

Netanyahu to convene an emergency meeting. Reuters/Channel 2 News

PM Netanyahu will convene an emergency meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) after the holiday for an urgent discussion regarding the battle against stone throwers and Molotov cocktail throwers in and around Jerusalem.  

This follows the death of a driver who lost control of his car, and drove into a pole. Police are investigating whether the accident happened because his car was pelted with stones. The accident happened close to midnight in Asher Viner Street in the Talpiot neighborhood in Jerusalem, close to Jabel Mukaber village.

The victim is a 60-year-old Jerusalem resident. He was critically injured in his car crash and died of his wound early this morning. Two other passengers who were also in the car sustained light injuries.


Scene of car crash last night

Scene of car crash last night Arik Abouluf / Jerusalem Fire Fighters

The police are also checking the possibility that the man suffered a heart attack. At the same time, from evidence collected it seems that Israeli cars were pelted with stones in the area a short time before the fatal incident. The driver’s body was transferred to an autopsy at the Abu Kabir the Forensic Institute.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, as well as Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked , Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, representatives from the Prosecutors, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and security officials will also attend the emergency meeting called by Netanyahu.

Scene of car crash last night

Scene of car crash last night Arik Abouluf / Jerusalem Fire Fighters

“The prime minister views with great severity the throwing of stones and firebombs at Israeli citizens, and intends to fight the phenomenon with all means, including harsher penalties and enforcement,” Netanyahu’s office said.

The emergency meeting’s main topic will be the incident last night in Jerusalem, but also the clashes that took place in the past two days on Temple Mount in Jerusalem.