Soldier Who Killed his Stabber Honored (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 04/24/12)
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Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, Head of IDF Central Command, awarded a
citation Sunday to Sgt. Gal Weingarten of the Kfir Brigade´s Lavi
Battalion for keeping his cool and acting courageously when he was
attacked by Arab terrorists.
On March 8, Weingarten took part in a raid against terror groups in
Hevron. The Lavi Battalion was deployed against a Hamas target in
Yatta, in the southern Hevron Hills. In the course of this operation,
two terrorists attacked the IDF team providing security for the rest
of the unit, with the intention of murdering a soldier.
Sgt. Weingarten and his team were located in the street next to the
main target of the IDF operation.
Gal understood that he had been attacked at close range and that he
must open fire. His throat was slashed and he was in serious
condition, yet he assumed the position for firing and hit the
The text of the citation noted that Sgt. Weingarten "showed courage,
level-headedness, steadfastness in his mission and a striving for
victory that are an example for every soldier in the IDF."
At the time of the incident, the IDF said that the attackers had
tried to stop the arrest of Khaled Mahamrah, who was released a few
months ago with more than 1,000 other terrorists and security
prisoners in exchange for Gilad Shalit. IDF Spokesman Yoav Mordechai
said that Mahamrah dealt in money used by terror organizations.
The alleged stabber was identified as Zakaria Abu-Aram. His weapon
was a sharp paper cutter. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/24/12)
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