|After crossing the border from Jordan into Israel, Jordanian workers wait |
for their transport to pick them up, outside the Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal
in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018 [Image Source: David Vaknin]
Arab News however says both victims were hospitalized with serious injuries and adds the detail that the Jordanian "beat them with a hammer". From Haaretz:
Tamir Gross, one of the two victims, said he had been among the workers conducting drilling from the deck of a ship. "Out of nowhere, I suddenly got three blows of a hammer on my head," he said. "I fell into the water and immediately the guy jumped in after me and began swimming toward me." Gross said he swam away and managed to ascend a ladder to a dock. "One of the Jordanian workers helped me," he said.
the Jordanian, who was employed as a repairman at the port, used a heavy-duty hammer weighing over 2 pounds to hit both Israelis in the head, fracturing their skulls.
UPDATE Saturday December 22, 2018 at 5:45 pm:
- The Jerusalem Post reports that a 28-year-old Jordanian citizen was indicted Friday on charges relating to an attack on two Israelis in Eilat last month (as we reported above) without giving his full name. The Southern District Attorney's Office in its indictment calls the incident "nationalist" which in this part of the world is synonymous with terror. The accused is charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit a terrorist act.
- Over at Israel National News, they give his name as Taher Halef and say he intended "to murder Israelis and Jews due to his identification with the Palestinian people, for Palestine and God, and as revenge for the occupation, with the intention of harming state security". As part of dock renovation work at the port of Eilat, divers were engaged to perform underwater work. The Jordanian was sent to bring equipment from a storage shed; he came back with a hammer and launched his assault on the divers. A day before, he was videotaped by his family reading them his last will along with inspirational quotes from the Koran (including "Do not think of someone who died for the sake of the dead, but lives and breathes with God") and asking his parents to protect his wife and children.
- Times of Israel says the suspected attacker, who had just gotten a daily work permit from Israel's Population and Immigration Authority, had commenced work in Israel only a few days before the attack. It appears he had been plotting an assault on Israelis for years. Disturbingly, the indictment says he passed the Israeli screening process even though the Jordanian manpower agency that originally interviewed him flagged him as a potential terrorist.