The civilian shopkeeper died after being stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist in the West Bank two weeks ago.
By Jonathan Hessen and Erin Viner
Shalom Sofer sustained moderate injuries in the nationalistically motivated stabbing attack on 25 October. He was immediately evacuated to hospital for treatment, but ultimately succumbed to his wounds.
Despite an initial improvement in his condition, the 55-year-old resident of the Jewish community of Kedumim lost consciousness last night and lost a substantive amount of blood.
Following a joint manhunt by the IDF and the Israel Security Agency (ISA, Shin Bet), the suspected assailant was apprehended in a nearby Palestinian village.
IDF, Israel Security Agency (ISA, Shin Bet) and Border Police Special Operations forces have been conducting counterterrorism activity in the Jordan Valley, Judea and Samaria as part of the half-year-long Operation Waves Breaker launched by Jerusalem’s defense establishment to root-out terror elements following a deadly surge of attacks against Israelis that have now killed 21 people since last March,
The latest fatality brings the Israeli death toll perpetrated by Palestinian terrorists this year to 26.
Exchanges of live fire were reported on a number of locations during overnight operational activities, but there were no reported injuries to the Israeli forces.
Eight suspected terrorists were arrested during the raids.