A third victim of the vicious ramming incident in Jerusalem on Friday was confirmed dead throughout Shabbat.
Asher Paley, age 8, suffered severe injuries in the assault and passed away on Shabbat due to his injuries. Yaakov Yisrael, his 6-year-old brother, passed away on Friday and was buried just in time for Shabbat.
Asher arrived at the hospital needing resuscitation and in serious condition. He was fought for hours by various teams from the pediatric ICU, trauma unit, and emergency medical unit before being pronounced dead. On Motzaei Shabbos, he will be interred next to his brother.
Avraham Paley, the father of Asher and Yaakov Yisrael, is currently receiving treatment at Hadassah Har Hatzofim. Moshe, the 10-year-old brother of the brothers, was taken home after receiving minor injuries.
Alter Shlomo Lederman, a young married avreich from the Pinsk-Karlin chasidim, was the other casualty of the incident.
He was 20 years old.
At the scene of the attack, Itamar Ben-Gvir, Israel’s national security minister, declared that Israel needs to conduct “Defensive Shield No. 2” operations, like the Jenin operation in 2002, to eradicate terrorist cells from the city.
Defense authorities, however, disregarded Ben’Gvir’s assertion, claiming that such choices are made in the security cabinet and consultation with the entire defense system.
Initial investigations showed that the terrorist was a mentally unstable person who had just been released from a psychiatric facility and whose condition had worsened.
The terrorist resided in a rented apartment in the Issawiya area of East Jerusalem, according to the defense official, therefore, it is uncertain whether a legal permit to shut down or demolish his property exists.
According to the source, Prime Minister Netanyahu does not see a need to impose collective punishment on Arab residents of East Jerusalem in response to the attack, especially given that Israel is attempting to defuse tensions ahead of Ramadan, which falls this year in the month of Nissan.
This would allow the defense establishment to concentrate on the Iranian threat.
“There are operational procedures to be taken against a lone attacker, but this must be done with balance,” the defense official continued. In East Jerusalem, a sizable population doesn’t participate in attacks. During Ramadan and Pesach, we want people to have the ability to practice their religion freely.