Twice blessed: Bus attack victim survived 2001 Sbarro’s bombing

Haim Levi, the father of Jerusalem bus bombing victim Eden Levi, spoke to Arutz Sheva about his daughter and the long road to recovery ahead. 

Haim was meters away from the bus stop when the blast occurred late Monday afternoon. 

"I saw emergency services flocking to the scene and the smoke and called Eden," he recounted. "I knew she was supposed to be in the area and she didn't answer me or her mother." 

"I went to see the girl in the ICU," he continued. "It was not easy and it's still not easy. Eden is under sedation and on a respirator – but she is not in mortal danger, thank God." 

Eden survived another terror attack earlier in her life: the 2001 Sbarro restaurant bombing. The bombing remains one of the deadliest terror attacks in Israel’s history, and it took place during the Second Intifada, also known as the Oslo War. 15 people were killed in the Sbarro attack, including five members of the Schijveschuurder family from the community of Neria in Binyamin.

"We have had two miracles," Haim noted. "My daughter is modest and humble, and I think these miracles happened to us because of the mitzvot (good deeds – ed.) she does." 

In 2001, he said, Eden was "two or three years old and in her stroller." 

"I wanted to buy her pizza at Sbarro, but there was a long line, so I waited on Yafo street – and after a few steps (away) I heard the explosion, I looked back and saw the smoke," he said. "I was very frightened and realized that we were lucky to have escaped; I ran to her side and we returned to her mother." 

"And now, this is a second miracle," he continued. "If the bomb had been a bit bigger, then the situation would have been different." 

Haim then criticized the government's handling of the ongoing terror war. 

"They accuse a heroic soldier of manslaughter, and every other day there's a terrorist attack and they can't control it," he fired. "I have voted for Likud since I was 18; I voted for them too last time and this is the last time I will do so." 

"The government is leading us to the suicide we had in 2002, when we gave space and air to the Arabs, and our soldiers would stop them and talk to them nicely," he added. "That gives them an appetite to continue to attack us, and that is what is happening, unfortunately." 

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/211124

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