Yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu paid a hospital visit to the police officer wounded in the shootout that put an end to Sunday's terrorist attack in Jerusalem. The Times of Israel's Raoul Wootliff reports that Netanyahu praised the unit that stopped the terrorist while losing one of its own in the process:
Meeting with the officer on Monday, Netanyahu praised the unit, which he said stopped the terrorist from killing more people.
“This unit is the key to preventing catastrophe, and that’s precisely what happened, you prevented a larger catastrophe,” he said.
After the meeting Netanyahu said, “there is nothing more emotional and uplifting than meeting with our police officers, our heroes.”
“This policeman that I met here is a new immigrant and he only has one thought — how quickly he can get back to his unit and keep serving the people of Israel,” the prime minister added.
Jerusalem police chief Yoram Halevy also said Sunday that the police presence in the capital had prevented an even graver attack. The killer, who reportedly used an Israeli army-issue M-16 machine gun, had “lots and lots of ammunition,” he said, and was headed to the center of town, where “he would have killed lots of people...”