October 3, 2015, Israel
We have a wonderful police force here in Israel. We are very proud of them and they do an amazing job.
But that is not enough. Not here, not anywhere. The secret service, the military, the air-force, the police, they can all do their job perfectly but it is still not enough. We need you.
You are the first line of defense.
I am the first line of defense.
Tonight we were attacked again. The perpetrators have not been arrested, they have been shot on the spot. Police reacted immediately. Some of the attackers are in the hospital now, others are dead.
Our police care and are doing their job. But it is not enough.
We need you. But you ...need training.
Sadly two are dead, others are struggling for their lives, in the hospital. I wish some had struggled earlier, with their attackers, but they did not. I am not looking to find fault, I am looking to find lessons. Lessons for us so we can survive.
One of the dead had a handgun. In fact that is why he was chosen, the attacker stabbed him and took his gun. The attacker tried to shoot more people but missed. The real damage was caused by the knife.
The deaths were caused by the stabbings, not the shootings. The police did their job and the entire incident was over in less than two minutes.
Israel is safe because we have police everywhere, their was police 50 meters from the attack and he shot and killed the Arab attacker at one. He did his job well.
A police spokesperson
said the attacker, 19-year-old Mohand Halabi from Ramallah, first
stabbed the father of the baby and took his gun, which he used to fire
at group of nearby tourists until he was neutralized (Ynet news)
This father is dead now. His 22 year old wife in the hospital. The baby will never know his father.
In our society we like to feel that there is always a big daddy that will take care of us, that we really do not need to worry or take action on our own. This is a badly sadly mistaken notion. We must take matters into our own hands.
Lets look at this incidence and see what we can learn from it.