Thursday, July 03, 2008

Mired in Contradictions

Depending on which newspaper report you read yesterday, it would be unclear who actually killed the unhinged Palestinian behind the wheel of a bulldozer. The Israeli police or an off-duty 18 year old soldier who took the initiative and grabbed the policeman’s gun. You Tube makes it quite clear.

The Jerusalem Post carries a report from the off-duty soldier whose name and unit cannot now be released publicly by court order:
He was a soldier home on leave, riding his bike down Jaffa Road on Wednesday when he spotted the overturned No. 13 bus and a massive bulldozer tearing through the streets of Jerusalem. Realizing that the Arab behind the wheel was in the midst of a terror rampage, "M" (his identity and unit are barred from publication by a court order) threw his bike to the side of the road and began to chase the bulldozer.
As he began running toward the bulldozer, M said, he shouted to onlookers, asking for a gun. Together with a civilian, M climbed aboard the bulldozer and began wrestling with the driver.

"At one point he yelled out, 'Allahu Akbar,' and stepped on the gas pedal," M recalled. "I drew the weapon of the civilian who was with me and shot the driver three times in the head. I think I did what is expected from every soldier and citizen." Seconds later, off-duty Yasam police anti-terror unit officer Eli Mizrahi climbed aboard and shot the terrorist again, killing him.

M's actions were strikingly similar to the quick thinking and fearlessness exhibited in March by Capt. David Shapira, the IDF officer who stormed the capital's Mercaz Harav Yeshiva and killed the Arab terrorist who had massacred eight students there. M called that incident an inspiration for him.

Since I am not under any Israeli court restriction, I have no problem naming Moshe Pleser as the soldier whose actions ended the rampage. Arutz Sheva has more

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