Hero civilian recounts how he stopped stabbing

'I didn't think twice: I stepped on the gas,' former Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Mesika tells Arutz Sheva.

Yoni Kempinski,

Gershon Mesika (file)
Gershon Mesika (file)

Former Samaria (Shomron) Regional Council head Gershon Mesika described how he thwarted a stabbing near Elon Moreh on Sunday, in a special interview with Arutz Sheva in the hours after the incident. 

"I was traveling from Elon Moreh toward Tapuach, I passed the Territorial Brigade Intersection," he recounted. "Suddenly I heard someone cry, 'a terrorist! a terrorist!. I looked ahead, I saw someone in the ditch with a knife raised, ready to strike a teenage girl." 

"I didn't think twice, I swerved the car to the right," he continued. "I pressed on the gas, I hit her, my car of course fell into the ditch [with her], she fell on the ground."

"Soldiers came and began shooting; I wasn't hurt because even though my car entered the ditch, it only began descending [into it] after I put on the brakes," he added. 

"There were another 2-3 hitchhikers who entered (a car) before me, before I heard them shouting 'terrorist, terrorist,' and there were about 4-5 other people at the hitchhiking stop."