Israeli Gets Six Years in Prison in Murder of Her Twin Sister

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Hili Sobol (right)in court, and her murdered twin sister, Shiri (left).
Hili Sobol (right)in court, and her murdered twin sister, Shiri (left).Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Yaniv Kubovich

An Israeli woman was sentenced on Tuesday for six years in prison in the murder of her twin sister.

Shiri Sobol was convicted of soliciting the murder of her twin sister Hili Sobol in February. The murderer, Shiri’s boyfriend David Eran, was sentenced to 20 years in prison by the Tel Aviv District Court. Eran was also ordered to pay 258,000 shekels ($73,200) in compensation to the mother of the two women.

The sentences were part of a plea bargain agreement reached with Eran and Sobol.

Hili and Shiri, 18-years-old at the time of the murder – as was Eran, fought often, eventually causing an “intense hatred” in Shiri toward Hili, states the original indictment filed in March. At one point Hili was charged with assault and battery of Shiri and their mother, after which Hili was removed from the home and placed in a residential facility for troubled teens.

Eran and Sobol began dating two and a half years ago, states the indictment, which went on to say that Sobol was dominant in the relationship. She knew Eran would do anything she asked from her in order to make her happy and to continue their relationship going.

Beginning in July 2015, they exchanged text messages in which Sobol expressed her fears and frustration about Hili’s living in the apartment with Sobol and their mother, as well as the desire to see her sister dead. She wrote Eran many such messages, including: “I’ve had it, I’m sick of living here with that crazy [girl];” “She should die, that’s what I want ... I wish an Arab or terrorist would stab her.”

Eran stabbed Hili more than 130 times with the intent of killing her and with the knowledge and agreement of Sobol, who observed as her boyfriend murdered her twin. Prosecutors say Hili did nothing to provoke the attack.

While Eran was still stabbing Hili, Sobol called the police and reported that a stranger, probably an Arab man, was stabbing her sister. Eran then went into the apartment, washed off the blood, changed his clothes and hid in the mother’s bedroom — all with the knowledge and approval of Sobol.

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