Israel has experienced a dramatic increase in terror attacks this past week as violence inside Israel’s borders remains a constant threat.
On Saturday night, a Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance was ambushed near Beit El in Samaria. Four bullets hit the passenger side of the vehicle. The driver miraculously was unharmed and managed to speed away.
“Even an ambulance carrying the Star of David is a legitimate target in [our enemies] minds,” stated Jonathan Feldstein, Director of Heart to Heart, an organization that plays a powerful role in supporting MDA’s ambulance, paramedic and blood banking institutions.
Israel is a country which prides itself on maintaining a state-of-the-art army. Its citizens are well seasoned to the reality that at any moment a peaceful day can change into a day of terror or even war.
The same week as the ambulance shooting, a Palestinian terrorist opened fire on soldiers manning the Bekaot checkpoint in northern Samaria. Additionally, a Palestinian terrorist seriously injured an Israeli Border Police officer outside of Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate. In a separate incident, a female IDF soldier was stabbed at Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem.
The ground is literally shaking under the feet of Israelis. Not only are her enemies heating things up, but this past week it was reported that an earthquake, between 5.1 and 5.5 magnitude, was felt throughout the country.
Thankfully no one was hurt. However, this week’s earthquake registered just under the 6.2 magnitude quake Israel experienced in 1927 which caused hundreds of deaths and injuries.
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“We need to prepare,” stated Feldstein. “First responders need to have ambulances which are well stocked to save lives regardless of race, ethnicity or religion.”
With Hamas telling Iranian television that it has a new terror tunnel which can reach into Israel and ISIS stating that Israel and the Jews are next on their execution list, and lest we forget that an Iran nuclear deal is about to come into fruition, Israel needs to prepare against any and all attacks it might face.
As Shai Alon, the Beit El local government head shared about the ambulance shooting, “Only by a miracle didn’t anyone get hurt.” It appears that it is time for Israel to not only rely on miracles but also increase their protection on the ground.