Anti-Missionaries Suspect in Ariel Attack

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CBNNews.com - ARIEL, Israel - The family of 15-year-old Amiel (Ami) Ortiz, critically wounded in a bomb attack Friday, said police suspect anti-missionaries may have been behind the attack.

The court imposed a gag order on the investigation of last week's bombing at the home of Messianic Pastor David and Leah Ortiz in Ariel.

On Friday, Ami, the youngest of five brothers and a sister, opened what appeared to be a traditional gift box for the Purim holiday, which was rigged with a shrapnel-laden bomb.

"They [the police], as far as I understand, do not suspect Palestinian terrorism," Pastor Ortiz told The Jerusalem Post.

"They suspect a Jewish anti-missionary motive," he said.

"At the start of the investigation, they went in the direction of Palestinian terrorism. Now they're going in the other direction," he said.

"This is someone who has harmed us not because we are different, but only because they have a problem with our existence here in the land of Israel," Ami's 24-year-old brother told YNet news. "This is a terror attack," he said.

"There are a great many [Messianic] families in Ariel and in Israel in general," Ami's brother said. "Everyone has different opinions, but this is a democratic country. My parents aren't doing anything out of the ordinary," he said.

Ami's five older brothers have all served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

While he remains in intensive care, Ami's father told CBN News that the doctors continue to describe his improvement as "basically a miracle."

"The doctors called the change between 2:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Monday nothing short of a miracle," he said

Asked what touched him the most deeply out of all that has occurred since Friday's attack, Ortiz said that while waiting for the ambulance, his son called on the name of Yeshua (Jesus).

"I am so grateful that Ami's first instinct was to call on the name of the Lord," his father said. "There is a plan I didn't understand, but God should be glorified in any kind of way," he said.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, YNet news

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