Leadership Vacuum Behind Spate of Israel Gangland Slayings

The struggle for underworld supremacy has resulted in the deaths of 10 criminals since October 2011, and there’s no end in sight.

On February 24, 1993, at around 1:30 a.m., Yehezkel Aslan, then one of Israel’s top underworld figures, stepped out of a restaurant on Hahashmona’im Street in Tel Aviv and, together with a woman friend, got into a waiting car. The moment the car door closed, an armed man swooped past and fired several bullets into Aslan’s upper body. The woman was wounded and Aslan later died of his wounds.