Israelis Enter Sixth Month of Stabbing Attacks
JERUSALEM, Israel -- Stabbing attacks continued in Israel this week, but so far there were no fatalities. Some terrorists were killed by Israeli troops defending the victims, while others were arrested and taken in for questioning.
Early Wednesday morning, two Arabs infiltrated the community of Eli, just south of Nablus (biblical Shechem). Two 17-year-old high school students attacked Roii Harel, a father of five, before being shot and killed by soldiers. Harel was treated at Jerusalem's Shaare Tzedek Medical Center.
Binyamin Council head Avi Roeh told Reuters "it could have ended differently," YNet reported.
"Two terrorists infiltrated from the adjacent village of Karyut," Roeh said in a televised interview. "They came here to cause harm, to murder Jews. To put it in simple terms, a miracle happened.
"It could have ended differently," he continued. "They met a man who was about to leave for a month of reserve duty and he fought back with determination."
The two terrorists were armed to kill.
"I was getting ready to leave the house for reserve duty at 5:30 a.m., and when I opened the door I saw them with axes and clubs and they started attacking me," Harel said.
"A struggle immediately erupted and they struck me with clubs. I fought them for several seconds while they beat me and I managed to push them out and lock the door, with my family inside," he recalled.
"If anyone has any doubts regarding their intentions, these were two 17-year-old boys who came to butcher me, my wife and the kids," he said.
Meanwhile in the Jordan Valley, a 14-year-old Arab girl lightly wounded a police officer in a stabbing attack.
Two officers were directing traffic around a tree that had fallen across the road. The girl, a resident of a nearby Arab village, walked up to them, stabbing one in the chest. His partner managed to subdue her as she attempted to flee.
Earlier Thursday, an Israeli police officer sustained moderate wounds in a drive-by shooting at the Rechalim Junction near Nablus. The bullets damaged his patrol car, but the shooter escaped. Security forces are searching for him.
Meanwhile, the IDF began the process to demolish the homes of the Eli attackers and the home of a terrorist who critically injured a security guard in Ma'ale Adumim, just outside Jerusalem, recently. The victim remains hospitalized.