A six-year-old boy was stabbed in the central city of Rehovot Thursday afternoon, and was taken to a hospital in moderate condition.
The incident occurred in a public park in the city, with the circumstances unclear.
He was hurt in the hand and treated by paramedics at the scene.
Police arrested a 34-year-old suspect, who according to some reports was inebriated when he carried out the attack. Later reports suggested that the assailant suffers from mental illness and is known to the authorites.
The boy was taken to Kaplan Medical Center in the city, and was undergoing surgery on his hand.