The woman and baby who were killed in the traffic accident on Route 433 overnight have been identified as Tzipi Rimmel and her daughter Noam Rachel from Neve Tzuf in West Binyamin. Noam Rachel was just three weeks old.
Rimmel’s husband Ephraim and their son Iti were also severely injured in the crash.
Binyamin Council head Yisrael Gantz spent the night at the Jerusalem hospital with the family wounded in the accident at Givat Ze’ev Junction.
“It’s a difficult morning for the residents of Binyamin. We were informed last night about the severe accident at Givat Ze’ev Junction where Tzipi and Noam Rachel of the Rimmel family were killed, among the pillars of the Neve Tzuf village.”
“At this difficult time, we’re strengthening the dear family and residents of Neve Tzuf and pray for the recovery of the others injured.”
As soon as the disaster became known, professionals in the council contacted the family together with the local emergency team in Neve Tzuf.
The council said in a statement: “The catastrophe is unimaginable. This is a family full of kindness and good deeds. The entire community is mourning and strengthening the family. We want to pray and extend the kindness today to the family of the father of the family Ephraim Zvi Moshe and the son Iti Yaakov Ben-Zipora who were injured in the accident.”
The Otzma Yehudit party called on the police this morning to investigate the fatal accident in which Tzipi Rimmel and her newborn baby Noam Rachel were killed to determine whether it was an Islamist terrorist attack.
According to the party, since the early morning hours, testimonies from various people present at the site indicate that the driver who struck Rimmel, who is an Arab, was traveling at high speed and deliberately did not stop despite the red traffic light and cars waiting at the intersection.
“We urge the police to investigate in depth the motives of the offending driver and examine whether there were no nationalist motives in his unruly leadership and whether he had any intentions of seizing the opportunity of vehicles waiting at the junction for a green light to kill Jews,” Otzma Yehudit said.
Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir, one of the leaders of the party, wrote on Twitter: “This is not an ‘accident.’ It looks like murder!”