A cell of Tanzim, Fatah’s armed wing, is suspected of the drive by shooting that fatally injured Rabbi Raziel Shevach, 35, father of six from Havat Gilead. He was driving on the road which winds around Nablus when his car was riddled with bullets from a passing vehicle. Rescued by Magen David, Raziel Shevach died in hospital of his injuries.
The attack showed clear evidence of a professional, well-planned and precise attack by a trained terrorist team, most likely from the Nablus region. This was the first incidence in years of terrorists using regular automatic rifles rather than improvised weapons. They sprayed the victim’s car with precise fire, directing it accurately at the driver from their own moving vehicle, evidence of expert marksmanship.
DEBKAfile’s military and counterterrorism sources report that the IDF and the Shin Bet security service were recently alerted to Tanzim networks going on standby in the Nablus area for the order to revive shooting attacks on Israeli vehicles in the Samarai region. If Tanzim’s hand in the attack is confirmed, it will be the first armed operation by the Fatah’s armed wing since the second Palestinian “intifada” was quelled in the mid-2000s. IDF units are scouring the Nablus region and surrounding villages for the vehicle and the perpetrators of the attack. They are also spreading out for a major effort to prevent an escalation of shootings, since the success of one cell may well be the signal for others to go into action.