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Suspect accused of murdering real estate businessman after stalking him for 7 months

Charges were filed Thursday against a suspect in the murder of a prominent real estate businessman outside a synagogue last month in the central city of Rehovot.

Daniel Keidar, a 64-year-old resident of the nearby city of Rishon Lezion, is accused of shooting Eldad Peri seven times at point-blank range in a drive-by shooting before fleeing on his motorcycle, according to the court documents.

Keidar had invested in one of Eldad Peri’s projects that went bust — losing millions of shekels — and was asked to put up another NIS 1.3 million ($412,000) for the two apartments he had agreed to purchase.

The grandfather of six, who had no prior criminal record and held a licensed firearm, proceeded to plan the murder for seven months, prosecutors said. During that time, he tailed Peri and studied his routine, the court filings said.

Peri was shot dead on October 15 as he got out of his car near a synagogue he frequented. Keidar was arrested on November 7.

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In his home, investigators found a pistol that forensic analysis tied to the shooting and a motorcycle that is believed to have been used as the escape vehicle.

Real estate developer Eldad Peri poses for a picture in Jerusalem on February 26, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

According to the indictment, police also obtained footage of Keidar stalking Peri.

According to Hebrew-language reports, Keidar bought apartments for himself and his son in one of Peri’s developments in the central city of Lod. The Kan public broadcaster published correspondence at the time that it said was from a WhatsApp group of buyers in one of Peri’s projects that had gone bust.

“I am shocked and still have a hard time digesting the impudence and stupidity… about 2.5 million shekels, 200%, went down the drain,” Keidar reportedly wrote.

“When will you internalize that talk won’t help. When you have to shoot, shoot, don’t talk,” he also wrote in the group, according to the indictment.

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Keidar’s Facebook page featured a post from two years ago in which he uploaded a photo of himself holding a gun and a target from a firing range, along with the caption: “Haven’t I already warned you not to mess with me?”

Investigators had reportedly been exploring several possible motives for the shooting, including that Peri was killed because he was deeply in debt. His real estate business had gone bankrupt over debts of hundreds of millions of shekels, and he was in deep personal debt as well.

Peri’s lawyer Benny Katz has said he had not been aware of any threats to his client’s life.


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