Israeli Woman Shot to Death, Police Arrest Her Husband

The 70-year-old woman and her husband, a doctor, didn’t have any history with police or welfare services, but were in the process of divorcing

The scene of the crime in Moshav Talmei Eliyahu in southern Israel, November 3, 2019.

A 70-year-old woman was shot to death last night in Moshav Talmei Eliyahu in the Negev.

Police arrested her second husband as a suspect in the murder following a car chase in which his vehicle overturned near the Ketziot Junction. He suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police found a gun and bullets in his car. They said the husband, a 67-year-old doctor, had a permit for the gun.

The couple didn’t have any history with either the police or the welfare services, but was in the process of divorcing. Police suspect the murder was related to the divorce.

The woman was found in her home with a bullet in her head. An ambulance crew pronounced her dead at the scene.

The woman, who used to teach music at an elementary school in the area, is survived by four children from her previous marriage.

“I heard a few ‘booms,’ and I thought at first it was from Egypt,” said Shir Buchnik, a neighbor. “Then I heard her best friend screaming. I ran over, but they wouldn’t let me in.”

The secretary of the moshav said the couple, who moved to Talmei Eliyahu seven years ago, had seemed completely normal. Another moshav resident said they weren’t very involved in community life and had a limited circle of friends there.