The father of Ido Ben Ari, who was murdered by Palestinian terrorists Wednesday at a shooting attack at Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market, on Thursday accused the government of failing to find a strategic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and relying instead on “tactical” moves that only cause more suffering to the Palestinians and push more of them into the cycle of terror.
Speaking in Yavne at his son’s funeral, which was attended by hundreds of friends and relatives, as well as deputy minister Ayoub Kara (Likud), he said: “The leaders we elect at democratic elections are supposed to find a strategic solution, which demands far-reaching vision, concessions, a creative solution, and not mantras and laundered words.
“Last night, after the attack, the prime minister and two of his ministers arrived and yet another security cabinet issued decrees — not to return corpses, to put up barriers, to destroy houses, and to make lives harder. These solutions create suffering, hatred, despair and [lead] to more people joining the circle of terror,” he said.
“What’s needed is a solution rather than saying all the time that there’s nobody to make peace with. We chose you to stop the cycle of blood, already 49 years you’ve been trying to solve things tactically and you haven’t succeeded. The time has come for a strategic solution,” the father said.
Ben Ari, from Ramat Gan, had been sitting with his wife and two children at the Benedict Restaurant when the two gunmen opened fire. His wife was also injured.
“Ido served in [the elite commando unit] Sayeret Matkal. He went through [the] Lebanon [War] and all the horrors of the army, and yet it was over this nonsense that he was taken,” his sister Reut Fishman said.
Ben Ari carried an organ donor card and his family decided to donate his corneas so that “his beautiful eyes will live on in someone else.”
Mila Mishayev, 32, from Rishon Lezion, is due to be buried Friday afternoon in Ashkelon, Channel 2 News reported. Mishayev was set to be married in the near future, according to Ynet. She was waiting in the restaurant for her boyfriend when the attack took place. She was hit by bullets in her lower body and later died of her injuries. According to Ynet, Mishayev managed to call her boyfriend immediately after the attack.
Michael Feige, 58, from Ramat Gan will be buried on Friday in Rehovot.
Dr. Paula Kabala, a close friend and colleague of Michael Feige, told Army Radio that the two had last spoken on Thursday about future academic plans and the role Feige would play in them.
“He really was a researcher with a lot of influence. His presence and his contribution will stay with us here and for ever.”
In a notice posted on the Internet on Thursday by Ben Gurion University, the head of Interdisciplinary Studies, Oren Yiftachel, described Feige as “one of those who was head and shoulders above the crowd. An amazing person and a fantastic researcher.” Feige is survived by his wife Nurit and three daughters.
A date for the funeral of Ilana Naveh has not yet been made public. Naveh, a mother of four, was out to celebrate her 40th birthday, according to media reports.
The two gunmen, cousins who came from the Palestinian town of Yatta in the southern West Bank, were caught shortly after the terror attack.
Since October, 33 Israelis and four others have been killed and hundreds more injured in the spate of attacks, though the violence had dramatically waned of late. Some 200 Palestinians have also been killed, some two-thirds of them while carrying out attacks and the rest in clashes with troops, Israeli officials say.
Raoul Wootliff contributed to this report.