On Sunday morning, Israel Ben Aharon, 58, suffered head injuries and was stabbed in the chest in a planned ambush in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem – but incredibly managed to fight his attacker off.
Ben-Aharon, a resident of the town of Meitzad in Gush Etzion, suffered wounds to his face when the terrorist hurled a rock through his windshield, and then stabbed him at least twice. Yet he still found the strength to grapple with his assailant, knocking the knife out of his hand before shooting and injuring the terrorist.
Incredibly, due to the lack of cellphone coverage in the Gush Etzion area, just south of Jerusalem, Ben-Aharon was forced to drive roughly half a kilometer before he could call the police.
The attack appears to have been a planned ambush; a tow truck blocked Ben-Aharon's way, and when he stopped his car the vicious attack began almost immediately.
"He came from the left and threw a rock in my face. And then he came at me from the right, and I was trying to get free of the seat belt but I was having some trouble" due to his head injuries, he recounted from his hospital bed.
"He came to stab me. I managed to push away the knife. I tried to get out of my seat and pull out my gun. He came and stabbed me in the chest. I hit him hard on the hand and he couldn't get in; I caught his hand and cocked the gun and managed to shoot several bullets into him.
"He got out of the car and he was on the ground. I was shocked. I didn't realize at first that he had stabbed me. I didn't want to lose consciousness."
Despite being wounded and in a state of shock, Ben-Aharon then shot the terrorist twice in his leg to prevent him from getting away, before finally escaping and calling police.
However, security forces who arrived at the scene found the wounded terrorist had already been spirited away – presumably by the tow truck driver.
Gil Ronen and Ari Soffer contributed to this report.