Israeli-American Killed in West Bank Attack Was 'A Passionate Defender of Israel,' U.S. Envoy Says

Ari Fuld, a right-wing pro-Israel advocate, immigrated to Israel from the U.S. and lived in a settlement. Netanyahu: He fought heroically and prevented a greater tragedy

The 40-year-old Israeli man who was killed on Sunday in a stabbing attack in the West Bank was a dual American and Israeli citizen who immigrated to Israel. 

Ari Fuld, father of four, lived in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat and was a right-wing pro-Israel advocate, active on Youtube and Facebook. He was a member of a faction within the Habayit Hayehudi political party, a religious-Zionist political party. 

Fuld was stabbed by a 17-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank village of Yatta near Hebron. He shot his assailant, who is hospitalized in moderate condition, before succumbing to his wounds. 

The assailant's mother said after the attack she came to a checkpoint in the Southern Hebron Hills, where she turned to Israeli soldiers and warned them that her son intends to carry out a terror attack. The Israeli army confirmed the mother's account, but said that she came to the checkpoint several minutes before the attack took place and that her son carried out the attack while she was at the checkpoint.

>> American-Israeli man, 40, killed in West Bank stabbing attack

United States ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, tweeted in response to the attack on Sunday: "America grieves as one of its citizens was brutally murdered by a Palestinian terrorist. Ari Fuld was a passionate defender of Israel & an American patriot. He represented the best of both countries & will be deeply missed. May his family be comforted & his memory be blessed."

Fuld co-hosted a show on i24, an Israeli English-language cable station. Among the videos he posted was a series called: “Ari Fuld: Fighting Action with Truth.”

Fuld's brother, Eitan, is the spokesman for MK Bezalel Smotrich from the same party. His younger brother Hillel Fuld who also describes himself as a tech vlogger and blogger, tweeted: "He lived as a hero and died as a hero. My big bro is gone. Thanks for the messages. Really. Just looking for oxygen now." 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted on Facebook after the attack: "In the name of every citizen of Israel, I send my condolences to the family of Ari Fuld, who was murdered today in a terrorist attack in Gush Etzion. With his last strength, Ari fought heroically against the terrorist and prevented a greater tragedy. Ari was a wonderful father to four children. He was an advocate for Israel who fought to spread the truth about Israel. May his memory be a blessing."