Tel Aviv car bomb 390.
(photo credit: BEN HARTMAN)
Two men on a scooter stalked out their target around 4 a.m. last Friday morning
on Salameh Street in south Tel Aviv, waiting to stick a bomb to the side of his
car when they were arrested after a short chase.
The arrest by officers
from the Yiftach subdistrict was made public on Tuesday, when the two men were
brought to the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court, where police sought to extend their
remand for a second time.
According to police, the two men, 31 and 23,
were involved in a feud with the target, a well-known local underworld figure
from Bat Yam. Police found on the scooter a loaded pistol and a large bomb,
which was neutralized by police sappers.
A police source said that one of
the men arrested was Yaniv Peretz, who in early February
was sitting in a car
with his brother Shaul Peretz in south Tel Aviv when a car bomb exploded,
leaving the vehicle a charred wreck. Yaniv was lightly wounded in that explosion
and Shaul was moderately wounded, losing an eye and a leg. Police believe that
the attempted hit last Friday was meant partly as payback for that
Ch.-Insp. Nissim Dawudi, head of the Tel Aviv Central
Investigative Unit, said the feud was part of a long-running battle between
gangs in Bat Yam, Rishon Lezion and Azur. Dawudi hinted that police had
intelligence that such a hit was in the works, and that officers didn’t just
happen upon the would-be hit men last Friday.
The past year has seen a
series of car bombs and other attempted underworld killings in the Tel Aviv
area, including a car bombing in Rishon Lezion on February 28 that left two men
dead, part of a war between gangs from west and east Rishon Lezion.