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Jewish Man Stabbed in Neck Credits Heroism to God

Terror victim Yonatan Azriaev, who was stabbed in the neck in Petah Tikva on March 8, 2016, but who pulled knife from his neck and neutralized terrorist (Photo: Ben Sales)

We reported to you on the Orthodox Jewish man who was stabbed during a terrorist attack in Petah Tikva, but who pulled the knife from his own neck and fought off the attacker. JTA's Ben Sales reports that Yonatan Azriaev says that God saved his life:

Realizing he had been stabbed, Azriaev said he followed his instincts. He swiveled around, grabbed the attacker by the arms, swung him in a circle — “like you would with a kid,” he explained — and threw him against the wall. The attacker fell to the floor and Azriaev realized he was bleeding from the neck.

“I thought that was it, I wouldn’t live,” Azriaev told JTA in a bedside interview Thursday from Rabin Medical Center here, where he is recovering from his injuries. “I saw he was fighting with someone else. When I saw that, I said, ‘I won’t live.’ So, I said, he shouldn’t kill more people...”

Every day, when he leaves home and when he returns, Azriaev thanks God for keeping him healthy and whole. He doesn’t take credit for saving lives on Tuesday — not even his own. He still doesn’t know exactly how he did it but says God, not him, deserves praise.

“I thank God for the miracle he did for me,” Azriaev said. “As much as someone takes care of himself, it’s not enough. What can save us is just a short prayer to God.”

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