Jerusalem bus attack

Police and rescue teams in front of the bus where the stabbing attack occurred. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Palestinian terrorists continue to attack innocent civilians throughout Israel. 

The latest attack, the fifth in Israel and the fourth in the capital in the past 24 hours, occurred Monday night at the entrance to Jerusalem when a Palestinian terrorist boarded a bus with the intention to grab a weapon from a soldier and commit a mass terror attack.

The terrorist boarded a number 185 bus with a knife and attempted to snatch a gun from a 20 year-old IDF soldier whom he sat next to. After failing to do so, he attempt to strangle him and then stabbed him.

One of the passengers scuffled with the terrorist, distancing him from the injured soldier. A policeman boarded the bus, and reports indicate that the terrorist managed to grab his service weapon.

Another policeman who boarded the bus saw the terrorist with the gun and shot him.

Yair Ben Shabat, a passer-by who helped overpower the terrorist, recounted the incident for Israel’s Ynet news “I jumped onto the bus and helped them struggle with the terrorist. I took nunchucks out and hit him where I had to for them to be able to pry loose the weapon he held.”

The wounded soldier was treated for light injuries and for shock by medics at the site of the attack, and then was evacuated to a hospital in the capital. Another Israeli was likewise treated for light wounds.

Israel Will Prevail

Reuven Rivlin

President Reuven Rivlin addresses the Israeli parliament. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Speaking at the opening of the Knesset’s winter session, President Reuven Rivlin, said Israel was facing a mounting threat of Muslim terror, but would not succumbed to it. “Murderous terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism want to weaken our hands at every moment. They want to slash our statehood with fear and terror. But they cannot beat us. We will defeat the terrorists, with their blood-soaked hands, we will fight terrorism with a heavy hand, and we will not take mercy on the cruel.”

“’Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; May those who love her prosper; May there be peace within your walls; and security within your citadels; For the sake of my family and friends; I will say, Peace be within you.’ (Psalms 122:6-8),” the president concluded. “This is our commitment to ourselves – it is our commitment to our children and grandchildren and the responsibility that rests on all the inhabitants of this house, on all our shoulders.”

By: Max Gelber, United with Israel