During the recent months of terrorist attacks that have plagued Israel, many heroes have arisen from the violence. Yediot Achronot's Itamar Eichner reports on one of these heroes - a Border Police officer whose brave actions will be honored this Israel Independence Day:
Allison Bresson, the border police soldier who killed a terrorist and critically wounded another in October 2015 at the Tapuch junction, thus preventing a stabbing attack, will be given the honor of lighting one of the 12 traditional torches at Israel’s national Independence Day eve ceremony. The theme of this year’s annual ceremony, marking Israel’s 68th year as an independent country, is “civil heroism.”
Bresson, who immigrated to Israel in 2012 alone and now lives in the northern city of Afula, came to the country in order to fulfill her dream of being in the Border Police. In October 2015, during routine Border Police operations at the Tapuach Junction, she identified two Palestinian youths getting off a scooter with drawn knives in their hands, walking towards a border policeman who stood at a roadblock. The alert Bresson fired at the terrorists, killing one instantly and critically wounding the other.
A Border Police statement stressed that she acted calmly, showed alertness and vigilance and saved the life of a fellow fighter and the lives of civilians. "We are alert and trained precisely for these events," said Bresson, recalling the incident. "The second I saw the two terrorists get off (he scooter) with drawn knives (and advance) towards the fighter, I realized that if I hesitated for a second, the fighter next to me would not be alive anymore. I have done my part. This is precisely the reason I made aliyah - to defend our country..."