A terrorist entered a supermarket in a settlement on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon and stabbed two middle-age Israelis. An off-duty security guard, who witnessed the attack, fired at the terrorist and arrested him. The news came as Israel's government disbanded and was heading towards a March election.
The attack occured around 4:15 pm at the Mishor Adumim Industrial Park near Ma'ale Adumim. The two victims were moderately wounded and treated by Magen David Adom paramedics on site, before being evacuated to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.
One of the victims of the attack, which took place at a Rami Levy supermarket, was a MDA paramedic who struggled to subdue the terrorist. The attacker, from al-Azariya, was reported to be in light-to-moderate condition after being shot in his lower limbs. Two other Palestinians were also arrested on suspicion of aiding the terrorist.
The off-duty security guard works at the Prime Minister's Office. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called him to praise him for his heroic action.
Rami Levy, the owner of the supermarket chain, spoke to Ynet on his way to the branch. "I wish a speedy recovery to the wounded. They evacuated the terrorist and the victims and we'll have the store open soon. We will not allow this to affect us and change our routine. We will prove to them that they will not beat us."
Levy added that the terrorist did not work at the branch, but arrived "from outside the area." He said the branch, which has 180 employees, has three security guards stationed and one on patrol.
The supermarket mogul said he was not concerned the incident would hurt business. "This happened in central Israel and other, far less dangerous areas. To push us away from these places is what they want, it's their goal, and we will not let them have it."
He emphasized: "I say more people should visit, this branch and every other scene of a stabbing, just like I call on more people to visit Jerusalem."
Two days ago a 60-year-old man was seriously hurt after being run over by a car in the West Bank, several hours after an Israeli was lightly hurt in a knife attack, also in the West Bank.
Yaron Kelner contributed to this report.