CBNNews.com - Shiloh, Israel - Quick thinking by a resident of Ofra in Samaria prevented a potential double stabbing of Israelis at a hitchhiking post near Shiloh.
Rabbi Erez Bar-On, a school principal from Hitzim High School in the town of Itamar, was waiting with a teenager at the hitchhiking post when an Arab approached from across the road.
"He tried to shake our hands, but something was suspicious," Bar-On said. "He asked us in broken English where he could catch a bus to Birzeit University. I told him in English, 'no,' and waved at him with my hand to move away. I was afraid and so was the student who was with me," he said.
According to israel national news, the 16-year-old student moved behind a concrete barrier, while Bar-On placed a precautionary hand on his weapon.
At that point, the Arab pulled a knife, shouted Allah Akbar (Allah is greater) and tried to stab Bar-On, who drew his gun and shot, wounding him.
When he reached into his shirt, Bar-On thought he was about to detonate an explosives belt and he shot again, this time killing him.
"The citizen acted properly, in a decisive and fitting manner," read an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) statement. "His actions showed preparedness and proportionality," it said.
The Palestinian Authority's (PA) official news agency, WAFA, said the 22-year-old Arab student from Birzeit University was "shot dead in cold blood by a group of 'colonizers' as he was walking near [the Arab town of] Tarmas'aya, north of Ramallah."
A Hamas-affiliated media source called the attacker a shahid (martyr) in an article entitled, "Zionist Settlers Kill Palestinian in Cold Blood."
Speaking with YNet news, Bar-On said the government's "goodwill gestures," such as removing checkpoints and supplying the PA with armored vehicles, rifles and ammunition was foolishness.
"This is a foolish policy that directly acts against us. The Palestinians cannot be allowed to roam freely," said Bar-On.
"If the situation had been slightly different and I wouldn't have kept cool, it could have ended with the deaths of two citizens, rather than the terrorist," he said.
Because of the threat of Arab terrorism, many Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria are licensed to carry a personal weapon, but they know to exercise caution as the government often sides with the attacker rather than the victims.
Sources: YNet news, israel national news