The "Jewish terrorist" who tried to murder members of an Israeli Messianic Jewish family because of their faith, has been declared fit to stand trial.
The Jerusalem District Court decided this week that Jack Teitel would stand trial for the murder of two Palestinians in separate incidents as well as for placing a bomb disguised as a Purim holiday gift basket at the home of David and Leah Ortiz in 2008.
David Ortiz is an outspoken Messianic pastor and his wife Leah is a Messianic Jew. His son Ami, 15 years old at the time, opened the gift package. It exploded in his face, nearly killing him. Doctors said it was a miracle that he survived.
Teitel's lawyer had said he did not know if his client should be held criminally accountable for his acts, and last year a psychiatric examination deemed him unfit for trial.
Teitel, a religious Jew who was quoted as saying at the time, "I don't know if I'm sane. I don't recognize the jurisdiction of this court. I feel good." However, a later psychiatric evaluation contradicted the first.
When the announcement was made more than a year after the attack that Teitel had been arrested, Ami's parents told CBN News they were chilled by the news.
"It was very chilling," Ami's mother, Leah, recalled. "In other words, I felt like my heart go cold. Because even though we know that there are people, actual flesh and blood people, that did it, just the fact that we found out what settlement they were from, that there were neighbors."
"I felt pain for these people. I prayed for them this morning," Ami's father, David, said. "I mean, he's going to try and kill people, assassinate people, and ruin your whole life."