Soldier who neutralized Halamish terrorist to receive military citation

A., the soldier who neutralized the Halamish terrorist last month when he was on leave, will be commended for his actions with a military citation, the IDF announced on Wednesday. His father, who also ran to the scene with his firearm and assisted his son, will receive a certificate of appreciation.

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The IDF announced on Wednesday that A., the soldier who neutralized the Halamish terrorist, will receive the Head of Regional Command Citation from Central Command head Roni Numa. In addition, his father will receive a certificate of appreciation for assisting him.

A.’s family said that they have mixed feelings about the honor he is receiving. “We would prefer getting our neighbors back.” In the terror attack, Yosef Salomon, Chaya Salomon and Elad Salomon were murdered.  

A. Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit/Channel 2 News

A., a 22-year-old soldier who serves in the IDF’s elite Oketz Unit and lives in Halamish, was on leave when the Palestinian terrorist attacked his neighbors. He heard their calls for help and quickly ran to the scene. When he saw the terrorist, he shot him once, neutralizing him. “During the Friday night dinner with my family, we heard screams from the direction of our neighbors' home,” he said in a video that was released by the IDF Spokesperson a day after the attack.

“We went outside to see what was happening, my father and I,” he continued. “When we saw that it was a serious incident, I ran back in and got my gun. I stood outside the home and saw the terrorist from the window. I understood that I needed to act calmly and be professional. I shot one bullet that hit him in his stomach and neutralized him.”

“For me personally, it’s a complex experience and I’m trying to focus on the fact that by doing the little that I did, I prevented this from turning into a much graver tragedy,” A. added. Five years ago, A. neutralized a terrorist in a similar incident.

During the funeral for the three Salomon family members, Tovah Salomon, who survived the attack, spoke about how thankful she was that A. arrived and put an end to the horrible tragedy. “I raised him- he was in my kindergarten class and now he has saved me,” she said.

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