In 2015, a Palestinian terrorist carried out a stabbing attack on IDF soldiers that left one permanently disabled. Now the terrorist is finally having his day in court, and his victim has said his peace. Ynet News' Elisha Ben Kimon reports that the wounded soldier, Ohad Hertz, told the man who meant to kill him, "You represent evil. I preach love and compassion":
"You hurt me, I was hospitalized and was left disabled for life, but the story does not end there, it's just beginning— since you tried to take me down, I'm only rising up," Hertz told the terrorist.
"On the day of the attack, I was on my way home from a first date with a girl who is now my wife; we have a home and a son. I have completed a master's degree; I work in education and teach love and compassion, exactly the opposite of what you represent.
"You wanted to destroy, sow destruction, see blood, and in the end you lost the battle. You coward, you ran away like a rabbit when you were done. Instead of destroying, you helped build. Instead of killing, you gave me a chance to rebuild my life. I am disabled, but alive and happier than ever before," Hertz declared.
"My ambition is to heal the world, just the opposite of what you stand for: murder, cruelty, hatred and evil. I beat you! I'm alive, I'm working!" he exclaimed.
The attack took place three years ago, when Hertz, a combat paratrooper at the time, was standing at a bus stop at the Ariel Junction.
According to the indictment, the terrorist decided to carry out a stabbing attack that same day "with the intention of killing an Israeli citizen with a knife..."