Likud, Zionist Union spar after Jerusalem stabbing attack
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Likud, Zionist Union spar after Jerusalem stabbing attack

Ruling party says Hamas will operate in heart of capital if rival wins elections; Labor-Hatnua list accuse PM of ‘fueling fire’ of incitement

Paramedic Arie Yaffe treats a stabbing victim in Safra Square, February 22, 2015 (photo credit: Courtesy/United Hatzalah)
Paramedic Arie Yaffe treats a stabbing victim in Safra Square, February 22, 2015 (photo credit: Courtesy/United Hatzalah)

The ruling Likud party and the Zionist Union, its main rival in the upcoming national elections, squabbled Sunday hours after a Palestinian teenager stabbed a Jewish man in Jerusalem. The incident was caught on camera and shows Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and his security team apprehending the attacker.

After the attack, the Likud party published a post on Facebook in which it charged that should the Zionist Union — led by the Labor Party’s Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni, head of the Hatnua party — form the next coalition, Hamas would operate in the heart of the Israeli capital since Livni was willing to consider dividing Jerusalem, according to the post.

The post was then shared by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, head of the Likud, which prompted an outcry by Zionist Union members who accused him of participating in incitement.

“Instead of stopping this madness, [the PM] is fueling the fires of incitement and sharing this disgusting Facebook status like a talkbacker,” wrote Labor party MK Eitan Cabel.

“This is not what a leader looks like. This is how a hysterical politician on the verge of defeat behaves,” he added.

Livni, for her part, also did not mince words, accusing Netanyahu of taking the electioneering too far.

Tzipi Livni, of the Zionist Union party, holds a press conference announcing the party's political campaign in Russian, on February 22 2015. (Photo credit: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Tzipi Livni, of the Zionist Union party, holds a press conference announcing the party’s political campaign in Russian, on February 22 2015. (Photo credit: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

“Shouldn’t the prime minister have red lines? Someone who tells him ‘stop, an Israeli citizen was hurt today, you shouldn’t dance on the blood, you shouldn’t use every terror attack to try to win votes at the ballot box,” she said at an event Sunday night.

The Likud and the Zionist Union have been running neck-and-neck in recent polls.

Earlier Sunday, an 18-year-old Palestinian youth stabbed an Orthodox Jewish man, 27, at the Tzahal Square near City Hall in Jerusalem.

Black-and-white footage of the attack shows pedestrians waiting to cross the busy intersection when the Palestinian man pulls out a knife, and stabs his victim from behind.

The wounded Israeli man, Avraham Goldstein, turns and keeps the attacker at bay with his phylactery bag as other passersby scatter.

Goldstein can then be seen retreating across the intersection as the assailant walks into the street, seemingly pondering his next move.

That’s when Barkat, visible in his white shirt, marches in from the right with his security team. Guns drawn, the bodyguards on both sides of Barkat order the Palestinian man to drop his knife, which he does.

The video then shows Barkat lunging at the attacker and bringing him down with the help of his bodyguards.

The mayor then approaches the victim, who can be seen standing in the intersection, and sits him down on the sidewalk.

Barkat told Channel 2 he was on the way to the municipality headquarters for a meeting when he saw the attack unfold.

Asked whether he had considered that the attacker might injure him, and score a certain propaganda victory, Barkat said he hadn’t given the notion a thought and that he had acted “instinctively.”

It was clear that the assailant was “not going to attack me,” Barkat said. If he had kept on trying to stab people, “he would have been killed.”

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Goldstein was transferred to Hadassah-Ein Kerem Medical Center for treatment.

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