A Palestinian Arab man stabbed and seriously wounded a 17-year-old Jewish boy in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot on Saturday afternoon. Some say the attack is the direct result of Israel trading 1,027 jailed terrorists for abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.
The victim was sitting on the side of a local neighborhood street with a friend when the attacker approached them. The terrorist stabbed Yehuda Ne'emad in the neck and again in the back as he tried to flee. The other youth managed to escape.
At that moment the terrorist became aware of a 12-year-old girl and her six-year-old brother standing nearby and watching the whole incident.
"At first I thought he was playing with them, and then they started to run away," the girl told Israel's Ynet news portal. "That was when I realized he had a knife in his hand."
The terrorist began chasing the girl and her brother. "I was sure I was going to die, but I believed that with God's help, there would be a miracle," she said.
Just then a number of neighbors came outside and scared the terrorist away.
Had the terrorist not noticed the girl and her brother, Ne'emad would likely have been killed. And had the neighbors not responded when they did, the girl and her brother would likely have been killed. The young girl is not the only Israeli attributing the fact that no one died to divine intervention.
Meanwhile, Israeli security forces launched a manhunt for the assailant. He is believed to be a resident of the Arab village of Beit Iksa, which is adjacent to Ramot.
Knesset member Arye Eldad (National Union) insisted that the attack was a direct result of the Shalit exchange.
"We are witnessing a renewed wave of terrorism, as a result of our encouraging terrorists by freeing hundreds of murderers from prison," said Eldad.
While all Israelis were happy to have Shalit returned to his family, many opposed the severe price that was paid. Among the terrorists traded for Shalit were 280 with "blood on their hands," men and women directly responsible for the murder of more than 500 Israelis.
"When Arab youth see a massive release of terrorists, it encourages them to join terrorism," warned Meir Indor, head of the Almagor Terror Victims Association, in the wake of Saturday's stabbing.
Indor lobbied tirelessly up until the moment of the Shalit swap to have certain terrorists removed from the list of those being freed. He and many other Israeli officials and analysts have long warned that the more violent elements of Palestinian society are being taught that the consequences for attacking Israeli Jews are light.
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