Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick, the target of an assassination attempt by an Arab terrorist in Jerusalem last Wednesday, underwent a fourth surgery Monday morning at the Shaare Tzedek Hospital in the capital city.
The hospital's surgery department chairman Prof. Petachia Reisman said: "this morning we finished the fourth surgery that included restoration and improvements to the abdominal wounds, and which will allow us in the coming days to start to wake him up."
"We really hope that in the coming days it will be possible to wean him off of the artificial respirator, but it is important to understand that he still has not left the danger, and there may be other pitfalls in the road," emphasized the professor.
Nevertheless, Reisman added that "there is a progressive improvement in his condition. We have no evidence of significant neurological damage, and we hope that in the end of the process he will be able to return to full functioning."
Glick has already undergone surgeries that removed part of his lungs and intestine, after sustaining four gunshot wounds to his upper body from an Islamic Jihad terrorist as he left an event at the Begin Heritage Center - where the terrorist, who had previously served jail time for terrorism offenses, was employed at a restaurant.
Hundreds gathered in Jerusalem's Safra Square on Saturday night to pray for Glick's recovery, and his son Shahar was allowed to pray for his father's recovery on the Temple Mount on Monday, according to an eyewitness.
Jews have been forbidden from praying at the Mount by the Jordanian Waqf (Islamic trust) despite it being the holiest site in Judaism, a discriminatory status that Glick has been leading the struggle against.
Evidence revealed this week has shown that despite police protestations to the contrary, they in fact knew that there was a legitimate threat on Glick's life.
A statement by former Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei released last Wednesday morning, just hours before the event in which Glick was shot, called for "immediate intervention" against the event.