Prayers Desperately Needed: IDF Soldier Wounded in Terrorist Attack Fighting for Life

January 13, 2019

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Nethanel Felber was shot in the head in a terrorist attack exactly one month ago and, after multiple surgeries, he is still fighting for his life.

On December 13, Felber was guarding a bus stop near Givat Assaf in Samaria as part of his army service. A Palestinian terrorist exited a car and shot Felber and two other soldiers who were killed immediately. All three were serving in the Netzach Yehuda Batallion, a special unit for religious soldiers.

Last week the IDF captured the Palestinian terrorist responsible for the attack. The mother of Yuval Mor Yosef, one of the soldiers murdered in the attack, said that the terrorist should not have been captured.

“He should not have been caught alive,” Ilanit Mor-Yosef told Army Radio Tuesday. She noted that he had already served eleven years in Israeli jails yet still chose to murder. “He has no right to be caught alive. The news is not consoling. He was already in prison and released, so what’s the point?”

According to the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, the terrorist was caught with a Kalashnikov rifle, large amounts of ammunition, and night vision equipment with the clear intention of carrying out another attack. The terrorist responsible for killing Mor Yosef carried out a drive-by shooting attack in Ofra a few days earlier. A pregnant young woman was targeted and her baby, who was delivered prematurely as a result of the attack, died three days later.

“Destroy his house first and foremost – his and all his collaborators,” she said. “He was already involved in the incident in Ofra. Why didn’t they demolish the house then?”

“Who promises me that he will have it bad in prison?” Mor Yosef continued. “The result is that he is alive, and we are dead. He murdered, and he sits alive. In what normal country does this happen?”

Several calls for prayers of healing for Nethanel Ferber have been sent out since the attack. Felber moved to Israel from the U.S. over ten years ago with his family. In an interview with the Jerusalem Post two weeks ago, Nethanel’s brother,  Daniel Felber, 26,  said: “prayer is all we have.” In Jewish tradition, prayers for healing are in the name of the person in need and their mother. In this case, prayers should be for Netanel Ilan ben (the son of) Shayna Tzipora.

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