'Terrorist missed his heart by a millimeter'

Hospital reports Givat Ze'ev stab victim continues to recover, wife recalls 'he suddenly told me 'I'm stabbed,' it happened instantly.'

Eliran Aharon ,

Scene of the Givat Ze'ev attack
Scene of the Givat Ze'ev attack
Arutz Sheva

Menachem Mendel Rivkin, who was stabbed and seriously wounded on Wednesday night by an Arab terrorist at a restaurant adjacent to a gas station just outside Givat Ze'ev to the northwest of Jerusalem, continued to improve on Friday.

Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem announced on Friday morning that Rivkin is still in the intensive care unit, and remains on artificial respiration and put to sleep with anesthetics, but his condition is improving steadily.

In the attack at around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, the 17-year-old Arab terrorist from Bayt Nabala arrived at the gas station adjacent to Givat Ze'ev and stabbed Rivkin, a resident of Givat Ze'ev who was going to eat at a restaurant right by the station with his wife Brachi. The terrorist tried to flee but fell, scraped his knee and was caught by civilians, before being brought to the hospital for medical treatment.

"We got out of the car, we walked just a meter I think," recalled Brachi Rivkin to Channel 2.

"We parked right next to the burger (restaurant), and suddenly in a second my husband says to me 'I'm stabbed.' I turned around and didn't see anyone, it was just a matter of seconds."

She said that "everyone jumped out to run after the terrorist. Then I was left with him, I don't really know, I felt that he was losing blood and wasn't with me."

Doctors at Shaare Tzedek Hospital fought to save his life from the very serious wounds inflicted in the attack.

"He had a really great miracle. Because the doctor said that another millimeter and it would have hit his heart, and I don't want to say what would have happened," said Rivkin's wife.