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November 8, 2015 11:42 am

Israeli Guard Recounts Thwarting Stabbing Attack on His Birthday: ‘I Got My Life as a Gift’ (VIDEO)

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Yishai Kreitenberger, the security guard who shot and killed a female Palestinian terrorist at the entrance to Beitar Illit on his 33rd birthday. Photo: Screenshot.

Yishai Kreitenberger, the security guard who shot and killed a female Palestinian terrorist at the entrance to Beitar Illit on his 33rd birthday. Photo: Screenshot.

The Israeli security guard who was wounded in a stabbing attack in Beitar Illit and then neutralized his assailant on Sunday morning was celebrating his birthday, the Israeli news site nrg reported.

Yishai Kreitenberger, who turned 33 today, recounted his ordeal from the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Kreitenberger, a civilian, described the events leading up to the attack, carried out by a female Palestinian in traditional Muslim garb.

“I was standing at the city’s guard post,” he said, “when I noticed the terrorist walking towards me…She was tense, looking around [as though] she was unfamiliar with the place.

“As she approached, she presented her green Palestinian ID card,” Kreitenberger continued, adding that the woman, who spoke to him only in Arabic, did not have the proper permits. “So I told her she could not enter. While I was talking, I saw her putting her hand in her purse. [When] I asked her why she was [doing that], she took out a knife and managed to scratch me with it.”

At this point, Kreitenberger told nrg, he moved away, grabbed his weapon and shot her.

Describing how he feels in the aftermath of the event, Kreitenberger said, “It’s adrenaline; it’s pressure. But thank God — I thank God – that it ended the way it did. Today I’m 33, and I can say that I received my life as a [birthday] present.”

Kreitenberger concluded by vowing to “start counting my birth from the beginning again.”

His was one of three terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria on Sunday morning and afternoon — two stabbings and a car-ramming — which left six Israelis wounded, two of them critically.

Watch a video of the interview below:

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  • Eduardo

    Feliz Cumpleaños.
    Los Palestinos Arabes Musulmanes hubieran tenido su estado si hubieran querido en el ´47, como lo habia determinado la votación en la ONU. Prefirieron poner sus esfuerzos en destruir Israel. El tema de los territorios ocupados es una excusa. Si Israel fuera del tamaño de una Plaza, los palestinos dirían que los Judios no pueden ser los dueños de ese espacio tampoco.
    ¡Valiente pueblo de Israel, que continúa luchando por su existencia trás el Holocausto y siglos de persecución !

  • Lauren Goldman

    Rather than ‘neutralize’ the attackers, eliminate them on he spot, thereby saving the government wasted medical efforts, money and lengthy legal proceedings. They want to be ‘martyrs’ so oblige them.

  • “Jerusalem is the heart and soul of the Jewish people and the capital of Israel for eternity.”

    FACT IS: Ever since the Jews entered the land of Israel in 1300 BCE and King David made Jerusalem the capital of Israel more than 3,000 years ago; then King Solomon built the Jewish Temple, the city has played a central role in Jewish existence. The Western Wall in the Old City is the object of Jewish veneration and the focus of Jewish prayer. Three times a day and in daily blessings, for thousands of years, Jews have prayed “To Jerusalem, thy city, shall we return with joy,” and have repeated the Psalmist’s oath: “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.” Jerusalem “has known only two periods of true greatness, and these have been separated by 2,000 years. Greatness has only happened under Jewish rule,” a famous writer wrote in Jerusalem. “This is so because the Jews have loved her the most, and have remained constant in that love and devotion throughout the centuries of their dispersion. . . . It is the longest, deepest spiritual love affair in history.” “It is for three thousand years, Jerusalem has been the center of Jewish hope and longing. No other city has played such a dominant role in the history, culture, religion and consciousness of a people as has Jerusalem in the life of Jewry and Judaism. Throughout centuries of exile, Jerusalem remained alive in the hearts of Jews everywhere as the focal point of Jewish history, the symbol of ancient glory, spiritual fulfillment and modern renewal. The Jews for the past 2,000 years have celebrated holidays and observed fast days in memory of Jerusalem, the hope and aspiration to return to Jerusalem and rebuilt the Jewish Temple. At Jewish wedding ceremonies a dish is broken in memory of Jerusalem. This heart and soul of the Jewish people engenders the thought that if you want one simple word to symbolize all of Jewish history, that word would be ‘Jerusalem.’ ” “The Jewish people without Jerusalem; is like a human body without a soul”.

    • Jack

      Nice response to the cultural rift inherent to the reality of living in Israel/Palestine today.
      I agree wholeheartedly that the Jews historically have been the rise of a great tradition in the spirit and love of God and in Jerusalem, as have other peoples over time. Jews, graciously started a wonderful tradition,
      If you think about it, Christians and Muslims are just a sort of reform Judaism, expressed through other tribal kinship.
      After all, Christ was a rabbi, and is revered as the ‘Holiest of the Holy’ by Muslims and the Profit Mohamed, who, lets face it, must have loved people a lot to still have this much respect after all these centuries.
      Did you know that it is permissible to be a Jew and a Muslim at the same time, or a Christian and a Muslim!
      Actually, if you think about it, philosophically, Christians and Muslims are just a couple of the myriad of types that could be classified as Reform/Reform Jews.
      Don’t get me wrong, I do not expect them to line up to carry the Torah on Sabbath.
      In the Koran when it refers to Jewry, it is in the lower case, as in jew, that connotes a common person of the culture at the time of the rise of Islam,
      Mohamed the Profit lived in the Jerusalem area for a time with a Christian family, hence his reverence for the terms ‘Prince of Peace’ and ‘Holiest of the Holy’.
      This is the philosophical precept that Mohamed used upon his return to Mecca, where he returned without strife after leaving to avoid bloodshed.
      Mohamed also felt that the common Jew,(has there ever really been such a thing?), of his time was corrupt and without real faith.
      Hence the dis-associative lower case ‘j’ in the word Jew when used in the Koran.
      The Profit, to my way of interpreting His Will, was not talking about faithful and observant Jews,
      But what do I know anyway.
      Initially other faiths were not only tolerated under Islam, but the Muslim rulers promoted adhering to ones faith as a way of helping to keep order, tho a tax was imposed as a method of proving the right to chauvinistic coercion over other faith.
      Some jurisdictions abused the simple tax with far darker results for the minority faiths. This could include enslavement and rape of children, death. Loss of property should have been the least concern, but was usually the real target for the persecution, sadly
      Continued iterations of continually darker perspectives have led to ISIL and its ilk.
      Ultimately, Islams many sects will go through their Reform or go the way the the futile folly the war like always have.
      But you know that.
      Anyhow, it is a restless situation
      but solace in verse and testament is still helpful,

  • MoFo

    The terrorist wasn’t killed. She suffered moderate injuries.

    • Too bad she wasn’t really ‘neutralized’.