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Rivlin pays condolence visit to rabbi killed in West Bank terror attack

Israel's President Reuven Rivlin during a visit to the family of Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal in Har Bracha on January 8 2018
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Israel's President Reuven Rivlin paid a condolence visit on Thursday to the family of a rabbi killed by an Israeli-Arab assailant in the West Bank on Monday.

Itamar Ben Gal, a father of four, was stabbed to death at the entrance to the Israeli settlement of Ariel on by Abed al-Karim Assi, a resident of Jaffa.

Rivlin visited Ben Gal's Har Bracha home on Thursday alongside Director General of the President’s Office Harel Tubi, and Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan.

“I have read and learned so much about the work and actions of your husband, and I will be receiving the students of this wonderful teacher, to sit and talk with them at the President’s Residence about these terrible events," Rivlin told Ben Gal's wife, Miriam.

“He was such a loving husband, a joyful father, funny, and full of life,” Miriam was quoted as telling the president, “he would be up early each morning to go to Givat Shmuel, and return from working so hard and straight away be with the children, hugging us before he even put his bag down.”

Har Bracha is a West Bank settlement close to Nablus, a large Palestinian city. 

Israeli forces are still hunting for Assi, despite raiding several homes in Nablus and arresting several Palestinians. Another Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire during subsequent clashes. 

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