Abed al-Karim Adel Assi, the Muslim terrorist who murdered Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal, was caught in Shechem early Sunday along with several other terrorists who helped him hide.
Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal, 29, was murdered in a stabbing attack near the entrance to Ariel early last month. He is survived by his wife, Miriam, and their four children.
The Muslim was arrested in a joint operation by the Shin Bet, the Israel Police’s counter-terrorism unit Yamam, and the IDF, which was launched immediately after the attack.
Over the past month, raids were carried out to arrest accomplices, while at the same time the Shin Bet and IDF continued their intelligence effort to track the terrorist.
Muslim terrorist Al-Karim, 19, an Israeli-Arab resident of Yaffo, arrived at the Ariel Junction bus stop on February 5 and, with no apparent hesitation, stabbed Ben Gal from behind.
After he was stabbed, Ben Gal ran to a bus that stopped at a station nearby while al-Karim gave chase. Reaching the bus, the rabbi knocked on its door for help before immediately collapsing.
The terrorist then fled the scene. An off duty IDF officer who witnessed the attack then chased the assailant in his car and rammed him.
Despite being hit, al-Karim was able to escape with the help of an unidentified driver who picked him up near the scene of the incident.
“The IDF and the security forces will continue working to protect the security of the residents and will work to thwart terror attacks against the citizens of Israel,” the IDF Spokesman’s Office said following the arrest.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman expressed satisfaction of the terrorist’s capture, saying, “We’ve come full circle. Let every murderous terrorist know we will get to him and settle the score with him. I congratulate the security forces for a successful intelligence operation.”