At Har Adar, a Palestinian gunman murdered 3 armed Israelis in moments

The Palestinian gunman who murdered three armed security officers and injured a fourth at Har Adar Tuesday, Sept. 26, acted with the speed and precision of a highly trained assassin, an elite unit marksman or a VIP bodyguard. He drew a rusting pistol from his clothing at the entrance to the community, and in a couple of seconds shot four security guards in the chest and stomach from a distance of 3-5 meters. They were all armed with automatic rifles. The speed of his attack was such that it was over before he needed to reload or even empty the magazine. None had time to draw their automatic weapons before they were gunned down.

It could have been a rare fluke, but it is more likely that the gunman was highly trained.
The Israel victims were on guard at the entrance to the community and screening a group of Palestinians on their way to work. Two Border Police officers, one a female, saw what was happening from a distance and shot the killer dead.  Two of the murdered guards have been identified as Border Police officer, 1st Sgt Solomon Gevaria, 20, from Beer Yaakov, and Yusuf Othman, 25, a security guard from Abu Ghosh.
The killer  turned out to be a 37-year old father of four from the Palestinian village of Beit Sureq.
The security authorities are now taxed with working out how a lone Palestinian terrorist managed to achieve a feat that should have been impossible. The presumption is that the security detail at the gate had fallen into a regular routine. They had been calmly checking Palestinian workmen employed at the community for years without a hitch. Many were familiar faces. This pattern is repeated every morning in almost very Israeli town and village.
The responses heard after the attack from high Israeli officials sounded more futile and irrelevant than ever. Internal Security Minister Gilead Erdan described it as part of a “religious war.”  Police Commissioner Rony Alsheikh declared “The terrorists have no profile.” And Housing Minister, former general Yoav Galant, advised exiling the families of terrorists to Syria.
They were empty words. If the Israeli government had been pursuing an iron-handed policy against terrorists and made their families pay the price, it could be argued that this policy was not working. But this is far from Israeli policy. In fact, the government – and even more so Israel’s armed forces, the IDF – is bent on granting the Palestinians greater economic benefits and privileges as a means of quelling terrorism.

Neither is there any real effort to compel the Palestinian Authority to stop paying out compensation to Palestinian killers’ families.
This pervasive heedlessness in the face of an abiding peril may well have affected the security officers on duty at the gates of Har Hadar and allowed them to lower their guard.

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17 thoughts on “At Har Adar, a Palestinian gunman murdered 3 armed Israelis in moments

  • Sep 26, 2017 @ 16:00 at 16:00
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    Why does Debka not screen the replies posted? I ask because Putin and his Russian propaganda machine are clearly using your platform to spread fake news and lies.
    I will not repeat the lies ….but check the replies posted over the past couple of months.

    • Sep 26, 2017 @ 20:08 at 20:08
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      Could you cite an instance of what you consider Russian propaganda? It seems necessary to do so because it is a political hot cake in the USA. You might be thought to be a Trump basher

  • Sep 26, 2017 @ 16:43 at 16:43
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    Sadly, terrorism is a way of life with these so-called “Palestinians”.

  • Sep 26, 2017 @ 20:24 at 20:24
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    There is no place for peace. Enough is enough! Expell Abbas today!

    • Sep 27, 2017 @ 20:48 at 20:48
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      For as long as there is occupation there would be no peace for Israel, the only way is to leave occupied lands and stop attacking the neighbours under pretext of stopping Hezbollah. Being a bully is not going to achieve anything, it will create more hatred. Hitler was a bully and what happened to him and the Nazi1

  • Sep 26, 2017 @ 22:19 at 22:19
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    Police Commissioner Rony Alsheikh declared “The terrorists have no profile.” <– not correct, aren't most terrorists muslim ??

    • Sep 27, 2017 @ 13:16 at 13:16
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      What about Yigal Amir or Baruch Goldstein ??? Were they “Muslims” ???

  • Sep 27, 2017 @ 3:50 at 3:50
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    Good point
    Most likely he trained for a number of months or years for the task.

  • Sep 27, 2017 @ 4:27 at 4:27
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    A highly trained assassin is not identifiable, let alone killed, during a mission.

    The murder of these Border Guards is an inexcusable failure of intelligence, both in identifying the threat posed by the assassin and in identifying the observer(s) who catalogued the Guards’ routine.

    What will come of this failure?

  • Sep 27, 2017 @ 10:13 at 10:13
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    It is as clear as day. If Palestinians are partly motivated to kill with the belief their family will benefit, it is the family that must suffer after an attack, exile even execution. WIthout the death penalty and shedding the false doctrine of a Nationalist murderer acting alone, Israel will never see the end of their blood spilling incessantly.

  • Sep 27, 2017 @ 11:23 at 11:23
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    “Routine”?
    They had at least identified him as problematic due to his jacket/clothing and had asked him to wait to undergo a more detailed check.
    As he was well-known to at least one of the guards, it wasn’t, seemingly, routine, but familiarity that lulled them.

  • Sep 27, 2017 @ 16:59 at 16:59
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    Start rotating security teams to help eliminate casualness and familiarity.
    Details need to be on full alert.

  • Sep 27, 2017 @ 20:22 at 20:22
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    Hi,
    Take ALL The ‘Perps’ Belongings, Money, Land of His Extended
    Family And Give It To His Fellow Muslims THEN Deposit The
    ENTIRE FAMILY In North Korea.
    The Word Will Spread As To What Real Oppression Is All
    About, Oh, Send Their Koran With Them. See How That
    All Works OUT.
    Kindly,
    Dave G

  • Sep 27, 2017 @ 23:25 at 23:25
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    The utterly immoral and failed Israeli policy for Syria will come home to roost. That will be a peril far greater than the Palestinian one.

  • Sep 28, 2017 @ 2:05 at 2:05
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    It seems a more sensible solution for Israel’s leadership to declare Palestine a non-existent state, and declare the entirety of present day Israel, Palestine, Golan, and Gaza as the land of Israel, then make all palestinian nationals of today into their choice of third class citizens (no voting rights for at least 100 years, and none at all for Muslims), or excision to an Islamic land, or internment under constant guard in a “work camp.” Otherwise, Israel will remain under constant threat from within.

  • Sep 28, 2017 @ 19:56 at 19:56
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    Utterly immoral money rewards for murders given by Palestinian leadership is what fueling the Palestinian terrorists. Israel is too soft.

  • Sep 28, 2017 @ 21:46 at 21:46
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    The terrorist did it as a suicide after beating his wife and her taking his kids to Jordan. It was a rational choice born out of guilt and hope that it would help his wife. He was someone who’d worked in the settlement for years. It’s wasn’t sheer hatred. Israel (we) should hurt his family and extended and discourage such rational choices in the future.

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