Daily Israel Report

Motorcyclist: 'PM Must Sort Out Terror on Route 443'

Motorcyclist says it's a miracle he survived rock attack on 443.
By Adam Ross
First Publish: 10/4/2013, 8:20 AM

Rock thrown at vehicles
Rock thrown at vehicles
Ayelet Shleisel

Jerusalem resident Moshe Orange, who was hit by a large rock on his way home on Route 443, says the Prime Minister has to sort out terror attacks on the road before looking overseas.

"Before the Iranian threat, Netanyahu should worry about Security on Route 443," he told Arutz Sheva.  

Orange was hit by a rock while on his motorcycle at approximately 11:00 p.m. Thursday night, as his motorbike passed the junction for Givat Zeev  just ahead of the turn off for Atarot. Arab youths launched a hail of rocks towards passing vehicles, causing a number of injuries as well as serious damage to several cars.

Despite being struck by a rock whilst driving, Orange managed to maintain enough control to continue driving a few meters before stopping. He describes what happened to him as "a miracle."

" It's not clear to me how I succeeded in keeping control of the motorbike. I managed to drive a few more meters, and then offered help to those who were also injured," Orange said, even though he himself sustained an injury to his shoulder in the attack.

There were a number of other vehicles who were also damaged in the attack, he says. "Cars were damaged, windscreens were smashed and there were people suffering from shock," he told Arutz Sheva.  "We called the police and Magen David Adom (Israel Ambulance Service), but after half an hour and  the police had still not arrived - I gave up and left the scene. If they call me," he said, "I'll be happy to provide a testimony." 

Orange also says the walls which are meant to shield Route 443 do not prevent rocks being thrown at cars, "I suspect they climbed ladders to throw rocks over the wall, they were big rocks," he said. "At the moment I have an injury to my shoulder and am recovering from the attack."

Turning his attention to the prime minster, Orange added: "I think it's time Netanyhau talked less about the Iranian threat, and start bringing back security to route 443."