Just before leaving his post as Border Police Commander, Maj. Gen. Amos Ya'akov made a final action of honoring the heroic officer Raz Bibi, who after being stabbed and critically wounded by an Arab terrorist in Jerusalem last May struggled through rehabilitation and returned to the force in November.
Video posted to the official Israel police Facebook page on Friday morning captures Ya'akov affixing his own green beret to the shoulder of the visibly jubilant Bibi, and taking the brave officer's beret in exchange. The footage can be seen by clicking the image below.
Ya'akov is being replaced by Brig. Gen. Ya'akov Shabtai, who is to be promoted to major-general, in a re-shuffling of police leadership that has included the replacement of all district commanders.
In the attack last May, Bibi was caught by surprise and stabbed at the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem's Old City, but despite his grave injuries heroically managed to shoot his attacker dead. Video from the scene showed Arab passersby fawning over the dead terrorist.
Roughly a month after the attack he was discharged from hospital and directly went to the Kotel (Western Wall) to pray and offer thanks for his miraculous recovery. Following another few months of heavy rehabilitation he once again showed his heroism by electing to return to active duty in the capital.
"From the moment when I opened my eyes in the hospital I knew I would return to wear the uniform of the Border Police. Today I'm happy that I returned to serve alongside my comrades in arms," Bibi said on returning to service. He noted he was returning to his unit "to continue defending the nation of Israel."