Remembering Dvir Sorek, the Nineteen-Year-Old Victim of a Terror Attack in Israel

Yesterday a nineteen-year-old Israeli yeshiva student named Dvir Sorek was murdered in what authorities are treating as an attack by Palestinian terrorists. He was on his way back to his yeshiva from a trip to Jerusalem where he had bought a book as a gift for one of his teachers when he was apparently taken and stabbed to death, his body left on a road leading to his home.

His father, Yoav Sorek, the editor of Hashiloach, an Israeli journal of ideas, and a friend and contributor to Mosaic, remembered his son as a boy with “light in his eyes,” reports the Times of Israel.

“Whoever didn’t know him missed out; he used to help the weak around him who were in need of a friend,” a tearful Yoav Sorek told reporters outside his home.

“Our Dvir was sweet,” Sorek . . . said of his nineteen-year-old son. “Two months ago he had a karate exam and he didn’t get a high grade because his teacher said he performs the movements well, but lacks ‘murder’ in his eyes. That’s right. He had light in his eyes. Now someone with murder in his eyes has taken him.

“We received a gift for almost nineteen years—for that gift we are grateful, we will carry the pain from now on,” he said.

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On Tuesday, leaders of the Jewish state’s largest political parties, Blue and White and Likud, met to negotiate the terms of a coalition agreement—and failed to come to an agreement. If none of the parties in the Knesset succeeds in forming a governing coalition, there will be a third election, with no guarantee that it will be more conclusive than those that preceded it. Identifying six moves by key politicians that have created the deadlock, Shmuel Rosner speculates as to whether they can be circumvented or undone:

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