Indictment Reveals Israeli's 'Systematic' Attempt to Murder Wife on Rosh Hashanah Eve

Aviad Moshe charged with stabbing his wife 20 times and beating her with a rolling pin in front of their infant son on Rosh Hashanah Eve after she expressed a desire to divorce and spend the holiday with her parents

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The suspect, Aviad Moshe, appears from prison via Zoom video-conference at the Be'er Sheva District Court, October 5, 2020
The suspect, Aviad Moshe, appears from prison via Zoom video-conference at the Be'er Sheva District Court, October 5, 2020Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz
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Aviad Moshe was indicted on Monday for the attempted murder of his wife Shira Isakov two weeks ago in their home in Mitzpeh Ramon.

Moshe, a 45-year-old electrical engineer, was also charged with aggravated battery for allegedly stabbing Isakov 20 times in her upper body and beating her severely with a rolling pin an attempt to kill her – in front of their infant son.

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The indictment alleges that Moshe attacked Isakov during an argument that broke out between the couple on Rosh Hashanah Eve, during which she had expressed a desire to divorce and spend the holiday with her parents. The indictment states that Moshe tried to murder Isakov “while cursing and humiliating her, blocking the door with his body so she couldn’t get out and while completely ignoring her cries and pleas for him to stop, the crying of their son and also the calls of her parents and the neighbors not to hurt her.” Moshe allegedly attacked her dispassionately and systematically, while switching between weapons, taking breaks between assaults, and even responding to the neighbors who had made multiple efforts to intervene and bring an end to the violence, including by trying to break down the door and climb in through the shutter.

While Isakov was preparing the challahs for the holiday meal, they began fighting verbally, and he accused and insulted her, the indictment says. Later, she called her parents and told them she planned on spending the holiday with them – and not with Moshe as they had originally planned.

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According to the indictment, when he heard this, Moshe allegedly began to attack her physically. At first, he picked her up and threw her down on the floor, and she got up and called her parents to tell them that he had attacked her. Later, Moshe brutally attacked her a large number of times using a wooden rolling pin she had been using to make the challahs, he choked her neck and stabbed her all over her body with a knife with a 10-centimeter (4-inch) blade. The indictment details how Isakov made several attempts to leave the house, and was met with more violence each time. It also states that she had pleaded "Aviad I want to live," and screamed to the neighbors: "Break in, break in. Aviad, I'm dead, I'm dead."

The indictment details the critical role played by the couple's neighbors who pleaded with Moshe to stop, tried to break down the door and enter through a window, and alerted police and emergency medical personnel. At one point, Moshe took a break to take the couple's son - whose clothes and body were full of blood - to the bathroom, and finally acceded to the neighbors' demands that he relinquish the knife and open the door. Moshe proceeded to lock himself in the bathroom until the police arrived, and in the meantime the neighbors worked to keep Isakov conscious until medical staff arrived.

According to the indictment, the two had been married for two-and-a-half years. Isakov had filed a complaint with the police in 2019 against her husband for using violence against her, but withdrew it because of her family’s desire to reach a compromise between the two – and the case was closed. The couple moved to Mitzpeh Ramon last year. Two weeks before the Rosh Hashanah incident, their relationship had taken a turn for the worse after Isakov miscarried naturally.

Isakov, 31, was seriously injured in the stabbing. She was evacuated by helicopter to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, where she remains hospitalized. The indictment details the extent of injuries sustained by Isakov, including multiple and deep stab wounds that resulted in punctuation of her lungs, and multiple fractures, including her nasal bones, jaw, eye socket and teeth. She has undergone two surgeries and the indictment emphasizes that she will still require "intensive multidisciplinary rehabilitation" and additional medical examinations.

Shira IsakovCredit: From her Facebook page

Moshe invoked his right to remain to silent during questioning, said the police during a hearing to extend his detention. Police have said that they have gathered a great deal of evidence against him.

At first, the Be’er Sheva Magistrate banned publishing Moshe’s name, at his request, but last week the district court overruled this decision at the request of Haaretz and other media outlets. “It’s the easiest thing to destroy a 45 year career and reputation,” pleaded Moshe at the hearing in front of Magistrate’s Court judge George Amoraee, in which the judge issued the gag order. Moshe also said his elderly parents “don’t need all this bitter disappointment.” A police representative told the court that Isakov wanted her name and her husband’s to be released so “the entire country will know.”

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