Israeli Officer Killed in West Bank Car-ramming Attack Laid to Rest

'He who takes the lives of other should know his life will be taken right back – death penalty for terrorists is the present need, Minister Ofir Akunis says

The funeral of Capt. Ziv Daos, March 18, 2018
Moti Milrod

Capt. Ziv Daos, who was killed Friday in a car-ramming attack in the northern West Bank, was laid to rest Sunday in a cemetery in the city of Holon.

Daos, 21, was a platoon commander in a Homefront Command brigade. Along with him was killed Sgt. Netanel Kahalani, 20, who was laid to rest Sunday overnight.

Capt. Ziv Daos and Sgt. Netanel Kahalani.
Courtesy of family

Daos and Kahalani were killed, while two other soldiers were wounded Friday in a car-ramming attack near the Reihan settlement. The assailant, Ala Rateb Abd al-Latif Kabha, 27, is a resident of the village of Barta'a who served a prison term in the past for security offenses. He was arrested and questioned at the scene.

The Israeli government representative at the funeral, Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis said "He who takes the lives of others should know his life will be taken right back – death penalty for terrorists is the present need."

Hamas commended the attack in a statement, saying it commemorates 100 days since U.S. President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on his Twitter account that he holds Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas responsible for the attack.

Following the attack, IDF may recommend to the government to change the security barrier’s route in the area where a Palestinian on Friday killed two Israeli soldiers in a car-ramming attack, military sources said. If the barrier is ultimately moved it will split the village of Barta’a in two.