An extraordinary event took place this week in the Samaria military court during the sentencing of terrorist Tamer Shawkat Ahmed Khadir to 17 and a half years imprisonment for the terrorist attack at the Ariel junction three years ago. The hearing was attended by Ohad Hertz, who was injured in the attack. He asked permission to address the court and confront the terrorist:
“You tried to murder me three years ago. I hadn’t done anything to you. My only ‘crime’ was that I am a Jew. You wanted to destroy, to leave a trail of destruction – but you lost the battle. Instead of killing me, you gave me the chance to build my life anew. You hurt me, I was hospitalized and was left disabled for life, but the story does not end here, it is only just beginning. The three years that have elapsed since have taught me more about myself, my people and God than what I had learnt my entire life.
“On the day of the attack, I was on my way home from a first date with a girl who is now my wife; we have a son and a home. I have started and completed a master’s degree; I work in education and teach love and compassion, exactly the opposite of what you represent. You represent murder, cruelty, hate and evil. I have vanquished you. I am alive, I create. I am part of the Jewish people. The eternal nation. Do you understand? My aim is to make the world a better place, the exact opposite of what you wanted to do.”