TEL AVIV - The toll from Tuesday's Netanya bombing rose to five Thursday when IDF soldier Moshe Maor Jan, of Netanya died after being taken off life support.
Jan’s wife, Moriah, is eight months pregnant and has been hospitalized for the past few days.
Jan, who served in the Nahal Brigade, returned home from his army base to his family’s home in Netanya the day of the bombing.
A painful decision
Doctors requested the family allow Jan to be taken off life support, due to the critical injuries he had sustained in the bombing.
However, Yossi Jan, Moshe’s father, said he could not bring himself to authorize the move until this morning.
“I cannot think about the fact that I decided to take my son off life support," he told Yedioth Ahronoth Wednesday evening. "I am simply not capable of doing it.”
Jan’s parents were on vacation in Bulgaria when a friend received a text message about the bombing.
Yossi immediately called his daughter-in-law to confirm the family was safe, but she told him she was searching for Mashe among the injured at Netanya’s Laniado Hospital.
Later, she received word her husband had had been critically injured and flown to Rambam Hospital in Haifa.
'The love of his life'
Jan and his wife met when they were 15-years-old and had been together ever since.
“He loved his wife very much,” Yossi told Yedioth. “She was the love of his life and he dreamed about being a father.”
He said Jan planned to become a youth group instructor.
“Maor contributed (to society) all the time,” he said. “He established a memorial room for (fallen) IDF soldiers at the Bnei Akiva branch in Netanya. "Who would have thought it would become a room to remember him too?"
“He served in Givati in the most dangerous places, in Gaza and along the Philadelphi Route, and he specifically died here, really close to home.”
- Doron Sheffer, Raanan Ben-Zur and Ahiya Raved contributed to the report