Twenty-two-year-old Corporal Lian Harush, who came to Israel alone from Britain to enlist in the IDF, was the soldier who fended off a terrorist that attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at a West Bank junction on Tuesday.
Harush was assaulted by a Palestinian attacker, identified as 17-year-old Atallah Ryan from the West Bank village of Qarawat Bani Hassan - who attempted to carry out an attack against the soldiers stationed at a junction near the West Bank city of Ariel.
According to eyewitness accounts, Ryan focused his attack on Harush, who managed to duck his blade before hitting him with the butt of her weapon as a force commander stationed nearby adjusted a safe shooting angle from which he neutralized the threat.
Both Harush and her commander were unharmed in the attack.
Following the attempted attack, IDF forces set up checkpoints near the West Bank town of Salfit - located near the attacker’s home village - in an attempt to capture any accomplices who may have aided him.
Ephraim Brigade Commander Col. Yiftach Norkin arrived at the scene shortly after the incident in order to interrogate the forces stationed at the junction.
Both Corporal Harush and her platoon commander were praised for their performance and resourcefulness during the attempted attack.
Ariel Mayor Eliyahu Shaviro also lauded the soldiers for their "resourcefulness and quick response."
Eyewitness Yinon Giat, who was standing at a nearby traffic light when the attack occurred, said he saw the troops confronting the attacker and heard the gunfire.
The attacker "went down after several steps," he said.