Security forces have arrested members of a Hamas military infrastructure who murdered Malachi Rosenfeld ten days ago, and wounded three others.
Rosenfeld, 26, succumbed to wounds he sustained in a terrorist shooting attack near the village of Shvut Rachel on June 29.
The same cell carried out another shooting attack two days earlier, at an ambulance and other Israeli vehicles.
“Our enemy is advancing death, funding terror delegations, calling squares and streets after terrorists,” Education Minister Naftali Bennett said at Malachi’s funeral. “I say to our enemies, from day to day, your makeup is coming off of your faces. You are a terror organization, that is what you are! Your game is over. This territory will remain Jewish. We are here 3,800 years and we are here to stay. Enough time has passed. Internalize this. When you murder, we build.”
Malachi’s father, Eliezer Rosenfeld, spoke of his deep bond with Malachi and asked: “What did we do wrong, God, that this is the third time? What did we do wrong?”
Thirteen years ago, on March 29, 2002, Naftali’s eldest brother, Lt. Yitzchak-Menachem Rosenfeld, 22, was killed in a jeep accident in the Tze’elim Stream, in the Judean Desert. He was a pilot in the IAF.
Yitzhak-Menachem was named after his uncle, Sergeant Yitzhak-Moshe Rosenfeld, who was also killed during his military service, in 1978.
Malachi’s parents are among the founders of Kochav Hashachar. The father is a clarinetplayer, and the mother is a social worker. They have seven children, beside Yitzchak-Menachem and Malachi Moshe.
“This is a great national tragedy,” Eliezer Rosenfeld said Tuesday after his son’s death. “I raised an ambitious boy, wise, with such great intelligence. He went out to play basketball, a competition between communities, and didn’t come back. It’s shameful, what is happening in our country.”
The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian terror group Hamas, claimed responsibility for the terror attack.
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