Yitzchak Ames, 47
Aug 31, 2010 - Yitzchak Ames, 47, of Beit Hagai, was one of four Israelis murdered in a terrorist drive-by shooting attack on Route 60 near Kiryat Arba, east of Hebron. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
Yitzchak Ames was driving with his wife Talya and two other passengers when their vehicle was attacked by terrorists who sprayed the vehicle with gunfire. All four were hit by numerous shots from short range and pronounced dead at the scene.
Yitzchak and Talya Ames immigrated to Israel from Russia. Yitzchak was a tour guide who accompanied groups to the Temple Mount area every Wednesday.
A friend and neighbor of the family, Yehuda Glick, related: "They came to Israel, to Gush Etzion, in 1991, with a sense of national mission for the Jewish people… They were gentle, regal people… He was a man of letters, though he also worked with his hands, gardening and the like. In recent years, Yitzhak dedicated much time to the Temple Mount, studying by heart all the relevant works in the Mishna and the Rambam." Sixteen-year-old Ariel related that his father would rummage in old book stores and come home with treasures.
Thirteen years ago, they decided to move to the small community of Beit Hagai in the Hebron hills, where they raised their six children. Talya and Yitzhak raised their children with joy and modesty," residents of Beit Hagai said. "They had quit a few difficulties in their life, but they overcame it all." Daniel, the eldest, was married and the father of the couple''s first grandchild. Talya Ames was nine months pregnant when she was killed by the terrorists. The children had made their parents a surprise party just two weeks earlier to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.
Yitzchak and Talya Ames were buried in the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem. They are survived by their six children - Daniel, 24, Ruth, 19, Ariel, 16, Ruhama, 12, Hodaya, 9, and Oz-David, 5.