Aftermath of latest bulldozer attack
Photo: Amos Gen Gershom, GPO

Settler grandpa saves the day

Yaakov Asael, 53-year-old grandfather of six, kills rampaging bulldozer driver

Yaakov Asael, a resident of the Susiya settlement in southern Mount Hebron is Tuesday's hero. Asael shot and killed the terrorist who carried out the bulldozer attack in Jerusalem earlier in the day


Fifty-three-year-old Asael is an IDF reserves company commander, a father of eight, grandfather of six, and a teacher.


Ayelet Recanati, Asael’s daughter, told Ynet that her father is “resourceful."


"He was a military man in commanding positions in combat units, in the armored corps," she said.


“He is a bible teacher and an agriculturalist but has studied judo his whole life. He is a Jewish Israeli who combines the Torah and labor and tremendous politeness," she said.


"He grasps things quickly, he has intuition regarding people and he most likely understood what was going on quickly," she added. "He always carries a gun. For as long as I can remember him, he has carried a gun. Nowadays, a gun is needed everywhere, in Susiya, Jerusalem, Hadera and in Tel Aviv. As long as we don't exude strength, we will need means of defense.”


The police reported said that the terrorist who carried out the attack injured 18 people before being shot to death. One victim sustained moderate to serious wounds. He was evacuated to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center. The rest were lightly injured and evacuated to the Bikur Holim, Hadassha Mount Scopus and Hadassah Ein Kerem hospitals. A baby was lightly wounded by shrapnel.


Roi Mandel contributed to this report


פרסום ראשון: 07.22.08, 16:43
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