At least one Palestinian terrorist infiltrated the Jewish community Psagot north of Jerusalem on Saturday evening and shot a nine-year-old Israeli girl at close range.
The victim, Noam Glick (pictured left), was rushed to a Jerusalem hospital and treated for what were miraculously only light injuries after being shot in the upper body.
Her father, Israel Glick, later recounted the terrifying incident in an interview with Army Radio:
“We went outside and found Noam standing and she told me, ‘Father there’s an Arab here.’ …This is the scariest thing that could happen to a family, that a terrorist enters our home… The terrorist was startled by Noam and, instead of entering the house, shot her… Her screams saved us from catastrophe.”
Israeli security forces later found a hole in the security fence surrounding Psagot and believe it to be the escape route used by the terrorist, who they agreed had likely had planned a more severe massacre of Israelis before being scared off by commotion caused by little Noam’s screams.
Israeli soldiers entered the neighboring Palestinian village of el-Birah in some force to find the shooter, but by midday Sunday had been unsuccessful.
The attack and the Israeli response sparked a number of stone-throwing attacks against Israeli motorists in the area.
At the start of Sunday’s cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Noam’s shooting “a heinous attack,” and blamed the whole thing on Israel’s “peace partners” in the Palestinian Authority.
“I must say that the Palestinian Authority cannot shirk its responsibility for these kinds of incidents as long as incitement there continues,” said Netanyahu.
A number of government ministers and members of Knesset urged Netanyahu to go beyond issuing condemnations and suspend the current US-driven peace negotiations until the Palestinian Authority takes responsibility for and puts and end to such attacks.
“When Palestinian leaders say that talks are at a dead end because Palestinians will never recognize a Jewish state in any borders, it’s no surprise that somebody takes from that a practical conclusion and arranges attacks,” MK Ze’ev Elkin told Israel National News. “We need to look at reality with clear eyes and not forget what the real goal is of those who sit opposite us in the negotiating room.”
Meanwhile, Israeli army commander fear the recent rise in serious terror attacks heralds a new Palestinian terrorist uprising, or intifada.
Former IDF Central Command chief Gadi Shamni fears that in light of the past month’s attacks in the West Bank, a new intifada could be in the works.
“The events of the past month may lead to an escalation in the West Bank [sic],” former IDF Central Command chief Shamni told Army Radio.
“It’s very difficult to determine if this is the start of an intifada,” he added. “However…I have no doubt that once events such as these occur, this can encourage all sorts of people who might not have acted, to act.”