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Soldier who neutralized terrorist in nearby home to be honored by IDF

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara meeting with families of three Israelis killed in a terror attack in the West Bank settlement of Halamish, July 27 2017.
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The soldier is rewarded for 'displaying courage and consideration, preventing a greater tragedy,' said the IDF

The head of Israel’s Central Command, Major General Roni Numa, approved a request to award a staff sergeant with a “citation of praise” for how he neutralized a terrorist during an attack last month in Halamish, a Jewish community in the West Bank.

Numa authorized the award after receiving a recommendation by the Command Committee, led by Colonel Ofer Hindi.

The staff sergeant, identified in an IDF statement by the first Hebrew letter of his name, “Ayin,” is being honored for his “display of cool-headedness, willingness to take charge and dedication to the goal of stopping the terrorist, while displaying courage and consideration, which led to the prevention of a greater tragedy.”

The IDF’s statement noted that the soldier responded immediately to the incident after hearing shouts and screams from the home in which the terror attack occurred. The soldier had grabbed his pistol and ran to the home with his father, Shimon Maoz.

From outside and through a window, “Ayin” was able to spot the terrorist who at the time was in a tussle with Yossi Salomon, one of the three victims who was killed. He then fired a single bullet through the window, successfully neutralizing the terrorist.

Immediately thereafter, the soldier and his father entered the house and called for security forces to arrive.

For his part, the soldier’s father will receive a certificate of appreciation for “showing courage, a willingness to take charge and honorable citizenship by helping to stop the terrorist and preventing a greater tragedy.”

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