After being shot in the head, an American-Israeli terrorist victim shoots a Palestinian terrorist
Two Israelis were shot and wounded by a Palestinian terrorist in the West Bank town of Huwara on Sunday afternoon, just three weeks after another terrorist shooting killed two Israelis.
One of the victims, dual US-Israeli citizen David Stern, was shot in the head at close range but still managed to retrieve his gun, shoot and incapacitate the terrorist.
Stern’s wife was also injured in the attack. Their children were in the back of the vehicle but were not injured in the attack. The couple were evacuated to a hospital in Petah Tikva. Stern, a martial arts instructor, was described as being in serious condition while his wife was in mild condition. The bullet grazed his skull and continued up his arm, Israeli media reported.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Stern a “hero”.
“I pray for the hero injured in the Huwara attack, who managed to neutralize the terrorist. I send my support to the security forces operating in the area. I repeat: anyone who tries to harm the citizens of Israel by will pay the price,” he said.
The terrorist approached the Sterns’ vehicle as it drove past a road inside the town of Huwara, known to be a hotbed of terror. He opened fire with a Carlo-type submachine gun favored by Palestinian terrorists.
After a terrorist shooting in Huwara last month that killed Israeli brothers Hallel and Yagel Yaniv, dozens of Israelis took part in a rampage against the palestinian villagein what was later considered the worst outbreak of violence ever by Israeli residents of the West Bank, burning vehicles and homes.
The rampage left one Palestinian dead and dozens more injured, and was widely condemned by senior officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Isaac Herzog, and was called a “terrorist attack” by officials soldiers and several arrests were made.
Israel’s finance minister sparked an uproar when he called for Huwara to be “wiped out”, in comments for which he later apologized.
Huwara has been the site of dozens of terrorist attacks dating back to the second Intifada in the early 2000s, including several car-ramming attacks, IEDs and bombings.
The attack took place as Israeli and Palestinian delegations were meeting in the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh in an effort to “curb and counter violence, incitement and inflammatory statements” and “prevent further violence,” a joint statement by Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Jordan and the United States said, adding that the parties would work together to “advance security, stability and peace for the Israelis and Palestinians”.
According to the statement, Israel has pledged to “stop discussing any new settlement units for 4 months and to stop authorizing any outposts for 6 months”.
The previous summit in Aqaba, Jordan last month was also met with violence from Huwara with the terrorist shooting of the Yaniv brothers.