A Palestinian terrorist convicted of the attempted murder of a soldier in Tel Aviv last year was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Monday. He was also ordered to pay the victim NIS 40,000 in damages.
Amar Jandab, 20, entered Israel illegally and worked at a construction site in Givatayim.
On May 30, 2016, after finishing his work day, he made his way to the corner of Yigal Alon and Nahalat Yitzhak streets in Tel Aviv, where he spotted an IDF soldier and started following him.
Jandab then stabbed the soldier with a Phillips screwdriver in his back and head, pushed him to the ground and called out "Allahu Akbar."
The soldier, who was lightly wounded, was able to fight off the terrorist, and Jandab fled the scene. He was pursued by several civilians and later arrested by police.
Jandab admitted to the crimes attributed to him and was convicted of attempted murder.
The soldier's parents were angered by the verdict, saying it is too lenient. "It was really close, my son could've died," the soldier's father said. "If my son had died of the stabbing, the terrorist would've received a life sentence. He got a reward for failing. Fortunately, my son didn't fail and was able to defend himself and push him off... we thought he'd get at least 18 years or more."
The father also noted his son doesn't sleep at night, "he keeps reliving the incident."
The soldier's mother echoed the father's sentiments. "This punishment is ridiculous. The maximum punishment for attempted murder is 20 years, but the prosecution asked for 18 years and he eventually got 12. We will appeal the punishment.... he is a ticking bomb, he will serve his punishment and go back out to murder."
Jandab's attorney, Lea Zemel, said, "In this case, the defendant suffered a great tragedy. His best friend was killed in a car accident, and he wanted to end his life. He took the screwdriver and went looking for someone, or a soldier, according to him, who could kill him. Fortunately, the soldier wasn't very seriously wounded."