Muslim terrorist who murdered IDF soldier Elhai Taharlev in a car ramming attack gets 2 life terms
The Muslim terrorist who murdered IDF soldier Elhai Taharlev in a car-ramming at the Ofra Junction in April, was given two life sentences on Wednesday.
Hamas terrorist Malik Hamed, 23, received one life sentence for the murder of the 20-year-old Golani soldier. He received the second life sentence for the attempted murder of Roi Sasson, another soldier who was with Taharlev, and two civilians who were also at the junction at the time.
He was also convicted of membership in the Hamas terror organization and of carrying out terror attacks on behalf of Hamas.
The indictment filed against him in May details how he planned to carry out a deadly attack and claim the lives of as many Israelis as possible.
Rabbi Ohad Taharlev, Elhai’s father, said following the sentencing that “If he could’ve been sentenced to death, that would have been preferable. But since there is no death penalty in Israeli law, I’m glad the court accepted the prosecution’s demand of two life sentences.
“Since the terrorist hurt the sanctity of life and cut short Elhai’s life, I hope his entire life is empty, and that he never sees the light of day,” Rabbi Taharlev added.
The court also ordered Hamed to pay damages to the Taharlev family and to Sasson.