Rabbi Achiad Ettinger

Thousands of people attended the funeral of Rabbi Achiad Ettinger, who died from gunshot wounds sustained yesterday in a Palestinian terrorist attack in Ariel.

The ceremony began in his family home in Eli’s settlement in Judea and Samaria (West Bank), after which the body was transferred to the Segula cemetery in Petah Tikva.

In the attack committed this Sunday, 19-year-old soldier Gal Keidan, was also killed and another fighter, Alexander Dvorsky, was wounded, who is still fighting for his life in Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikva, in central Israel.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett participated in the funeral, where he declared Ettinger a “hero in his life and in his death.

Ettinger, who worked at a yeshiva (rabbinical seminary) in southern Tel Aviv, leaves behind are a wife and 12 children, the youngest 18 months old and the oldest 21 years old and pregnant only weeks away from giving birth.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has visited the site of the attack today at the Ariel crossing, where he followed the Army’s search operations.

The head of the government declared that the Israeli authorities “know the identity of the attacker” and assured that the Army and the security and intelligence services are looking for him.

“We know where he lives, we have located his family. This morning I gave the order to begin the demolition of his house and preparations have begun,” he said.