'Terrorist attacked, my son jumped on him'

Former MK Orit Strook recounts how her son saved an army officer during a terror stabbing in Hevron.

Benny Tucker ,

IDF soldiers in Hevron (file)
IDF soldiers in Hevron (file)
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Former Knesset member Orit Struck expressed pride for her son Yitzhak’s heroic act after he jumped on a terrorist in Hevron, saving the life of an IDF officer.

"I still cannot believe that it happened," she recounted to Arutz Sheva. "The terrorist attacked the soldier in the head and hands and his whole face was full of blood. Yitzhak saw that the (other soldiers) were still so far away and so he jumped on the terrorist, breaking his arm because of the power of his blow." 

"He wrestled the terrorist off soldier and the terrorist stabbed him in the leg, and then he saw that the (soldiers) were in close enough range so he moved aside to let them shoot the terrorist without getting hurt."

"Yitzhak was only lightly hurt, thank God. We are now leaving Shaare Zedek hospital, but not before going to hug the soldier, who thank God seemed better, and he'll be fine," continued Strook.

Stook also called for the public to pray for the recovery of Genadi, the gardener who was injured at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the beginning of last week.

"We met Genadi‘s family of on the way, the gardener was severely injured earlier this week, he was in mortal danger, and thank the Lord that the medical treatment received at Shaare Zedek is amazing, Genadi has some improvement.  We should pray for a full recovery for Genadi Chaim Nota ben Raya Rachel"

Strook criticized the army for allowing the Arabs to move freely around the little Jewish complex in Hebron. "Immediately after Genadi was attacked, I met with division commander. I showed him examples of trouble spots. The best security approach to prevent an attack is to prevent friction.”

“Why is it that I am not allowed to walk around 97 percent of the territory in Hebron, yet they can walk around in our 3 percent?" she charged. 

"To prevent friction, we must allow as few as possible Arabs to walk around the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron's Jewish community. They have plenty of other ways to get around and it doesn’t make sense that they should walk around our tiny area.”