Israeli murdered in terrorist shooting by Abbas's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades -infiltration foiled
November 20, 2007
'The Best and Most Wonderful of Our Sons'11 Kislev 5768, 21 November 07 04:34by Gil Ronen
(IsraelNN.com) Thousands of mourners came to Kedumim Tuesday afternoon for the funeral of Ido Zoldan, 29, son of Nachman and Miriam Zoldan, who was killed by Arab gunmen late Monday night as he returned in his car from Karnei Shomron to Shavei Shomron.
Ido (pronounced ee-doe), known affectionately by all who knew him as Idodee, had been studying in chevruta (a study group for Jewish learning) with a friend, and was on his way home when the terrorists riddled his car with bullets.
Gray clouds filled the sky and rain poured down on the funeral. The speakers were the leading spiritual and political voices of the Jewish communities in northern Samaria and in the rest of Judea and Samaria, nearly all of whom knew Ido well, and it was clear that this funeral was unlike others. The voices bespoke deep pain and angry courage. Ido was truly a beloved and inspiring individual.
Daniela Weiss, former Mayor of Kedumim: "You are the man of the open spaces. Your strong spirit and able body drank up all of the length and breadth of the Land of Israel. The distant and tall mountains of Homesh came closer, because of you…
"Physically, his death was caused by the weapon of an Arab murderer. The person guilty of his death is Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister of Israel, and the Israeli government, that recently gave hundreds of weapons to Arab murderers, here, close by, in Shechem, the first Hebrew city…
"It has to be stopped, it must be stopped and it can be stopped. Shake yourself out of your stupor! We must leave the galut [diaspora]!"
Rabbi Daniel Shiloh, Kedumim: "If you could stand here with us, you would say: 'Do not cry, keep on building, keep on protecting, keep the project going.' [with a
MK Effie Eitam (NU/NRP): "This land says to us and to the group of cynical gamblers who have wrested control of the leadership of our nation. It tells them 'enough.' Enough with the corruption, enough of the cynicism, enough of this game you are playing with the lives of our best sons.
"This group is so distant, the exact opposite of the home you grew up in. How worthy of this land is your life, and how unfitting it is to the terrible group of cynical gamblers that have taken over our land. We shall not call you the government of Israel, but the government of weak gamblers, devoid of vision and devoid of truth. We, the Zoldan family, the Kedumim family, and the heroes of the building of this nation and this land, we shall patiently know how to build a leadership that the nation of Israel will be proud of."
PA terrorists killed a motorist (archive)
Israeli Murdered in Shooting Attack; Infiltration Foiled11 Kislev 5768, 21 November 07 04:39by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
(IsraelNN.com) Ido Zoldan, 29 and a father of two, was murdered in a terrorist shooting attack in Samaria around 11:00 pm Monday night.
Palestinian Authority terrorists fired on the man as he drove past the village of Funduk, near Kedumim. Paramedics who arrived at the scene were unable to save his life.
Zoldan, of Shavei Shomron, will be buried on Tuesday at 1:00 PM in Kedumim. He is survived by his wife Tehila and his two small children, three-year-old Aharon and one-year-old Rachel. The family moved to Shavei Shomron after they were displaced from Homesh in the Disengagement of 2005.
According to initial information, a terrorist cell was waiting in ambush in the area for Israeli vehicles. When Ido, who was riding alone, came into range, the enemy attackers sprayed the vehicle with gunfire. The driver was critically injured, with multiple gunshot wounds, and he apparently died within minutes.
Soldiers summoned to the scene closed off nearby roads and began searching for the attackers.
The Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades said it carried out the attack to demonstrate its opposition to the planned Annapolis conference. IDF officials have warned that terrorists will increase their efforts to harm Israelis during the days leading up to the meeting. The conference will be held at some point in the next 30 days, which, according to recent reports, could mean as early as next week.
'He Lived This Land and the People of Israel'
The terror victim's father, Nachman Zoldan, is among the leading building contractors in Judea and Samaria. Ido had joined his father in the Kedumim 3000 Company, which has been responsible for construction projects throughout Judea, Samaria and Gaza. According to a relative of the family, Amatzia Haeitan, the Zoldan family "builds for the sake of ideology and in order to build up the Land of Israel." Haeitan said that the younger Zoldan had introduced the idea of seeking out Jewish labor for work on the company's construction sites.
"He lived this land and the people of Israel," Haeitan added, "and he was always happy."
A friend of the family, Gadi, said Ido was among the "guideposts" of Homesh and of the Homesh renewal movement. "A daring Golani officer," said Gadi, "he was an unfailing Land of Israel loyalist. A man of Hebrew labor with his own 10 fingers. He was ready for any tiring or dangerous assignment at any moment, with no question and with no personal calculations; a smiling, generous friend, who spoke little and did much."
At approximately 11:30 pm Monday night, soldiers spotted three armed terrorists making their way towards the separation barrier between Netiv Ha'asarah and northern Gaza. IDF forces opened fire at the PA terrorists and a gun battle ensued. Two of the terrorists were killed and a third injured. No soldiers were injured in the incident.
IDF sources say that the three-man enemy cell was planning to scale the wall and carry out an attack against a Jewish target. The terrorists, carrying guns and grenades, were intercepted before managing to cross the Gaza perimeter.
In a subsequent incident overnight, IDF soldiers spotted an armed enemy cell along the perimeter fence in southern Gaza. Troops opened fire on the cell, killing two of them.