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December 22, 2013 12:38 pm

Israel Bomb Attack Thwarted by Vigilant Bus Driver

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A terrorist attack in Bat Yam, Israel was thwarted Sunday by a vigilant bus driver.

The driver, Michael Yuger, was told by one of his passengers about a large suspicious black knapsack in the back of the number 240 bus he was driving. He immediately had all 15 passengers get off and alerted Israeli security forces.

The bomb exploded as a police sapper attempted to diffuse the device. A police officer was lightly injured and was taken to a nearby hospital.

The bus driver however, claims he is not a hero.

“One passenger saw wires and a big pot after he opened the bag to check it. We all got off. About ten minutes after discovering the knapsack the bomb went off,” he said.

Minister on Internal Security, Yitzchak Aharonowitz spoke to the bus company director and commended the driver for his cool and decisive actions which saved many lives.

Police believe that the motivation behind the attack was nationalist.

“At this point we understand that this is an attack with national motivations. I call on the public to stay vigilant and report any outstanding incidents,” Aharonowitz said.

He later held an assessment session with the Israeli police’s top brass, and it was resolved to step up the police presence at main thoroughfares.

Chief of Police, Yochanan Danino, said that “the terror threat is constantly looming, and especially during these days when there is an attempt to make progress in the peace talks.”

The last such attack occurred during Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense last year, when a bomb was planted on a number 142 bus in Tel Aviv. Twenty nine people were wounded in the incident, one of them critically.

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  • Dan Yisrael Salomons

    The ‘motivation behind the attack was nationalist’.
    I surely hope the Israeli authorities will not start talking this political blabla.
    It was a Islamic terrorist that out of frustration that his people cannot add anything decend to this world wants to blow up Jews, who despite their limited numbers add so much to the world. …

  • George

    As well educated and motivated population is a very strong anti-terrorist force. Well done to the passenger, the driver and a refuah shlemah for the bomb tech.

  • John Lumsdon

    Tens of millions of Americans are standing with Israel, and pray daily for the safety & happiness of the Jewish people. No entity in the middle east is more devoted to securing the rights and dignity of all peoples – in particular, the Palestinian Arabs – than is the Jewish nation. May God bless Israel and her people. Shalom!

  • Jill Maleson

    Israel is filled with real life heroes! May God bless them and keep all of Israel safe.

  • It is time for STRAIGHT TALK to be spoken!!!

    A “Nationalist attack” ???? Cover-up talk for an attack by an Arab Terrorist.

    A heightened “terror threat for attempts to make progress in peace talks” ??? Two competing ideas are called an ” oxymoron.”

    The Israelis better say it straight because no others do.

  • Shaun Donaldson

    I was rather hoping that the horror of these bus bombs was a thing of the past. The outside world need to understand that there are 3 main considerations for Israel and its perceptions, they are security, security and security.

  • Wallace Brand

    A death penalty is needed for attempted mass murder.

    • Death Penalty

      That way we avoid the controversy of releasing them later.

      • Kris Kristian

        100% CORRECT.
        They stone a woman do death if she is raped.
        If a Muslim converts to Christianity, he is executed.
        If there is any suspicion of an Arab passing info to Israel, he is shot.
        and the list goes on and on

        Stop taking terrorist murderers as prisoners.
        They become a hero, streets and parks and schools are named after them.
        Abbas (Arafat in a suit) made a national hero of a mass killer of doZens of Jews.
        No prisoners, no “deals” to get Israel to talk about peace????? and then a demand to release murderers
        The jails would be emply and the money used to feed those bastards could be used to help the Israeli poor.
        Why did Netanyahu agree to release murderers with blood on their hands, so that Abbas would sit and talk peace??
        Abbas will then make more demands, and Netanyahu woll agree to what Abbas wants.