Lieutenant Ziv Daus, 21, of Azur, and Sergeant Netanel Kahalani, 20, of Eliakim are the two soldiers murdered by a Muslim terrorist in ramming attack in Samaria, it was cleared for publication Saturday evening. Daus was a company commander with the army’s search and rescue brigade, whereas Kahalani was a driver in Menashe Territorial Brigade routine security operations.
The two received the customary posthumous promotions to higher ranks.
Ziv Daus, the eldest child in his family, is survived by his parents and two sisters. His uncle, Yonatan, revealed he was murdered exactly three years after his enlistment date, on March 16, 2015.
“His mother heard there was an attack, got scared and tried calling him—but he couldn’t answer,” his uncle recounted, adding, “Ziv was a quiet boy, loved people and was humble. He did everything to contribute to the country—upping his medical profile to serve as a combat soldier. Some people are motivated by hatred, whereas we’re motivated by love. Those who are motivated by love will prevail.”
The other soldier murdered in the attack, Netanel Kahalani, is survived by his parents and four siblings. “Netanel was like a present,” his mother Naomi said. “I thank God for giving that boy to me. He had a heart of gold. He was loved everywhere. I loved him so much and he’ll be in my heart forever.”
Netanel celebrated his 20th birthday last month in a karaoke party with his friends, his mother said, adding, “He loved it so much. They partied to the morning.”
Netanel’s father Danny demanded a death penalty for terrorists, “or this will never stop. I have another son in the army and another one about to enlist. Who can promise me he’ll return alive and well? I don’t sleep at night as it is.”
“Netanel was a boy who never had a chance to do anything. We sent him off to the army and got him back like that. It’s a blow to the entire family. I don’t know how I can carry on living,” his father said ruefully.
The Muslim terrorist also wounded two soldiers—one very seriously and one moderately. They are hospitalized at the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva.
Doctors continued fighting Saturday for the life of the soldier who was seriously wounded in the head and limbs. He underwent several operations and his condition stabilized somewhat, but his life remained in danger. The soldier who was moderately wounded also underwent an operation on his limbs overnight.
A Shin Bet interrogation of Muslim terrorist Alaa Kabha, a security prisoner released from Israeli prison in April of last year, showed that the car ramming was intentional and nationalistically motivated.
While the terrorist initially claimed it was an accident, he later changed his account and admitted he wanted to murder soldiers. His brother remained in custody as his involvement in the attack is examined.
“From the depths of my heart, I send condolences to the families of the IDF officer and soldier who were murdered yesterday by a reprehensible terrorist. I wish the wounded a quick recovery. We will demolish the terrorist’s home and will deal with him to the fullest extent of the law”, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in a statement.
IDF forces carried out extensive counter-terrorism operations overnight in the Arab village of Barta’a, home of the Muslim terrorist. Engineering forces mapped the terrorist’s home in preparation for its demolition.