Inbar Azrak was severely wounded in the attack
Inbar Azrak was severely wounded in the attackCredit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

President Reuven Rivlin met Tuesday evening with 27-year-old Inbar Azrak, who was injured in a firebomb attack by Palestinian Arab terrorists Sunday.

Azrak was traveling with her husband near the Arab neighborhood of Beit Hanina in Jerusalem, when their car was attacked. 

Inbar barely escaped with her life, surviving with severe burns to her body.

“I spoke now with Inbar, who is suffering in severe pain, who bravely survived an horrific terror attack when a Molotov Cocktail was thrown at her car yesterday evening," Rivlin said in a statement following his visit.

"Despite the difficulty of her injuries, she explained to me how her heart has been warmed by the outpouring of love and support she has received from the whole people, she told me of the dedicated and professional care she has received from the hospital staff, and of what she called the ‘beauty of the people of Israel’."

Rivlin emphasized that the State of Israel had an obligation to stamp out all forms of terrorism against Israeli citizens.

"I said to Inbar that we will stop the terror, and the terrorists, our enemies, who harmed her and the dear people who went to her aid. This is our duty," he declared.

"The citizens of Israel will not live in fear for their lives, and will not change their way of life in the face of the raised sword of terror. The State of Israel is duty-bound to defend the safety of its citizens – this is our obligation, not just our right. The eradication of terrorism is a moral duty, the duty to preserve life."

"Miraculously, the terror attack yesterday did not claim a life, but this does not alter its seriousness," he added. "The State of Israel must show an iron fist against those who wish it, and its citizens, ill. Israel must ensure that its citizens are able to live in safety, in every part of the land. I wish Inbar and all those injured a full and swift recovery."

Inbar described her terrifying experience to Arutz Sheva earlier Tuesday.

Her husband Uri described his wife's remarkably cool-headed response, despite being engulfed in flames.

"I was driving, my wife was next to me. The firebomb smashed the glass and the fire spilled onto my wife's legs, it caught her skirt and legs. In a few seconds' time I was outside the car," he recounted to Arutz Sheva.

"My wife took a few more seconds to free herself of the seat belt as she was burning. She started rolling on the floor and I helped her put out the flames. She was very brave, she did not scream or anything."

Rivlin's word aside, he accused authorities of allowing the threat of Arab terrorism to persist.

"We all know what is going on here in the country," he said. "We all realize that there is a war being waged here, and we need to wage that war. We need to act and try to put an end to this phenomenon. It makes no sense that I live in places that are considered more dangerous by some people and in the end this happens to me in the heart of our capital, Jerusalem, and I see my wife burning. I feel that there is no one to turn to."