'Everyone chased the terrorist, no one helped my grandma'
Eighty-year-old grandmother Rachel Eisenkott was stabbed and seriously wounded in a terrorist attack in Rishon Lezion. Her family was horrified by footage of the incident: 'What have we become? People chase after the terrorist, jumping over my grandma like she's an object.'
"Watching the video of my grandmother falling to the ground, and nobody helping her is terrible. It says something about our society. What have we become? People chase after the terrorist, jumping over my grandmother, and for at least a minute and a half no one stops to help her," Sagit Bracha Eisenkott said of her grandmother Rachel Eisenkott (80) who was seriously wounded in Tuesday's stabbing attack in Rishon Lezion.
"It’s a really difficult feeling, seeing the government's helplessness," she said. "It's been a month and a half of constant terror attacks, and Bibi is talking about the train from Kiryat Shmona to Eilat. The terror has reached all over Israel. If we want security we have to talk. We won't be secure if we keep ignoring the situation," she added.
"If there is a wound it should be treated; otherwise the entire limb must be amputated. I hold the prime minister responsible. I said it before the attack and I'll say it again now: the government is completely ignoring the situation. If the attacks were to take place 20 years ago, then we would have seen Bibi back on the balcony at Kikar Zion."
Three people were wounded in the attack, and the terrorist was later identified as an 19-year-old from the Hebron area. He stabbed a 35-year-old man on a street corner, seriously wounding him. He continued to a commercial area on an adjacent street where he stabbed another person, who was lightly wounded. He then attacked Rachel Eisenkott outside a cosmetics store, severely wounding her.
Rachel Eisenkott is hospitalized at Asaph Harofeh hospital, along with the other two people wounded in the attack. The condition of the wounded has since improved, and they are now classified as being in moderate condition.
"My grandmother is aware of what happened, she is very sharp," Sagit said. "She woke up this morning and remembered what happened to her. She has six daughters and 17 grandchildren. We are a strong family, and we will be all right. She will be afraid to leave her house now, but even I worry," she said, "I have been really worried about going out to the playground with my three year old, and that’s why something has to be done."