Car explosion at Yarkonim Junction 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy MDA)
Investigators from the police’s Central District carried out a wave of arrests
over the weekend following a car bomb outside Petah Tikva Thursday night that
left two men dead.
Police said that none of the suspects have linked
themselves to the bombing, which turned the four-door car into a mangled and
scorched shell at the Yarkonim junction after it came to a stop on Highway 5.
They added that the arrests, by the district’s central investigative unit, were
mainly meant to deter and shake up criminal figures who may be involved or know
about the bombing, and that they do not expect to bring them before a magistrate
The injuries to the victims were so severe that Dekel
Tzafar, 35, and Sharon Farhi, 31, both from Rosh Ha’ayin, could only be
identified on Friday, after results from DNA tests came back. Police said they
believe that the bombing was meant to target only Tzafar, a man they say is
“known to police.”
Tzafar was reportedly an associate of Eli Orkabi, a
Petah Tikva crime figure who was killed almost a month ago in a mid-day drive-by
shooting that left him and Eran Fartush, a 42- year-old building contractor,
dead in a quiet Petah Tikva neighborhood.
Early on Friday morning,
Central District police secured a sweeping gag order covering virtually all
aspects of the case, which has been placed in the hands of the central