The mother of Eden Atias Hy''d, the 19-year-old soldier who was stabbed to death Wednesday morning in Afula, feared her son was the soldier whose stabbing was announced on the news. After rushing to check out her fears, she got the tragic news at Haemek Hospital: Eden had passed away.
Eden's mother tried calling him after hearing about the attack, while waiting in line in her local post office. When he didn't answer she rushed to the hospital to check out her fears that he was the soldier who was stabbed.
Edna, a friend of the mother, was next to her in the post office when she tried phoning Eden. She said "we heard the news about the stabbing and when they said it was a soldier from Nazereth Ilit she already felt that maybe it was her son because at the time he was on the bus line they were talking about. She tried to call several times - but he didn't answer."
The family friend added "we're all in trauma here. She's a 'single parent' mother and her son enlisted only three weeks ago. They were very close."
Eden was stabbed repeatedly as he was sleeping on a bus in Afula Central Bus Station in northern Israel. His murderer was a 16-year-old Palestinian Authority (PA) Arab terrorist from Jenin who was in Israel illegally.
Following the attack, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud) called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to stop the terrorist releases.
Meanwhile, MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) called on Israel to stop peace talks until the PA ensures an end to terror attacks.