Scene of stabbing attack at Tapuach Junction
Scene of stabbing attack at Tapuach Junction, April 30, 2013. Photo by Nir Keidar
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Eviatar Borovzky, a 30-year-old resident of Yitzhar, was stabbed to death on Tuesday morning by a Palestinian at the Tapuach Junction in the northern West Bank. A short time later, IAF aircraft launched an air strike on the Gaza Strip that killed Haytham Al-Mishal, a 24-year-old resident of the Shati refugee camp who the IDF says was a Global Jihad militant.

Borovsky was attacked at the bus stop in Tapuach Junction. The attacker , a resident of Tul Karn, then took this firearm and began firing at a Border Police force nearby, who fired back, wounding the Palestinian. He was taken into custody for questioning.

Borovsky is the first Israeli to be killed in the West Bank since September 2011. His funeral will take place Tuesday afternoon in Kfar Hasidim, where his parents are buried.

Following the attack, a group of settlers from Yitzhar went down to Route 60 and began setting fields on fire, and throwing stones at a Palestinian school bus that was passing through.

Mishal, the militant killed in Tuesday's air strike, was involved in weapons production, according to the Shin Bet and the IDF. The air strike was the first targeted assassination since Operation Pillar of Defense in late 2012.

The IDF said on Tuesday that the target was a group of five militants who are suspected of involvement in the recent rocket attack on Eilat. It comes two days after Israel struck two targets in Gaza following rocket fire on the Sdot Negev region on Saturday night.

Following the fatal stabbing in the West Bank, coalition chair MK Yariv Levin said on Tuesday: "The terror attack in Tapuach Junction is the Palestinian response to John Kerry's new peace initiatives." Levin called on the IDF to immediately close off Tapuach Junction to Palestinians and reinstate the checkpoints.

Avi Roeh, Yesha Council chairman, said that "history proves that talk of concessions is the biggest producer of terror attack." 

Gershon Mesika, head of the Shomron Regional Council, said that security-related incidents at Tapuach Junction have recently increased five-fold. "Since opening the checkpoint the terrorists are moving around freely and no one is checking them," he said.

Last January, a Palestinian stabbed and wounded a 17-year-old Israeli at the same junction.