A businessman and Likud activist was shot to death Sunday evening at the entrance to a building in the central Israeli town of Rishon Letzion. Police have launched a manhunt for the gunman.
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Doron Shuster, in his 60s, was considered close to former President Moshe Katsav and Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman, MK Tzachi Hanegbi. Nir Hefetz, a former spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, serves as the chairman of the board of a shipping company owned by Shuster.
The police believe the assailant knew Shuster and invited him to meet with the intention of killing him.
Shuster’s name has come up in police investigations in the past, with reference to the convoluted corruption case involving attorney Ronel Fischer in an investigation of a landfill company owned by the murder victim. Shuster has many connections and business interests, some of them possibly connected to crime figures. The police are unable at this stage to determine a motive for the killing or who is behind it, and a number of directions are being investigated.