Nes Chanukah in Avnei Chefetz Terror Shooting

YERUSHALAYIM -

It was a Chanukah miracle that Livnat Ozeri, the daughter of Shaul and Rachel Nir, who were shot in a terror attack near Avnei Chefetz last week, can talk with her father.

Ozeri told Ynet on Sunday during a visit to the scene of the shooting that when she arrived there she thought she had lost her father, who sustained a serious head wound from the terrorists’ bullets.

“I thought that was it, my father was finished — and then he suddenly started to talk,” Ozeri recalled.

“I was at home and I heard a burst of gunfire,” Ozeri said. “A public announcement said there had been a shooting at Orot junction. I left the house and asked which car had been hit. I realized it was them.

“I saw my father get out of the car with a bullet in his head and I got into the army ambulance with him. From there we were transferred at Taybeh to a regular ambulance with a doctor,” Ozeri recalled.

“On the way to the hospital the doctor asked him questions. He said that it was a Chanukah miracle. The bullet entered his skull but didn’t reach his brain. Today we were told that there was no brain damage. It’s a great relief,” she added.

Ozeri, a resident of Avnei Chefetz, lost her husband Natanel in a Palestinian terror attack in 2003, near Kiryat Arba.

Ozeri went to Orot junction on Sunday with MK Avigdor Lieberman and Shomron Regional Council head Yossi Dagan.

MK Lieberman decried the opening of the road to the Jewish community of Avnei Chefetz to Palestinian vehicles: “The writing was on the wall. The main problem is that there is no deterrence, even after terrorists are caught. We need to demolish the houses of terrorists who didn’t manage to kill anyone as well. We also need to start deporting them to Gaza.

“We don’t need to wait until they’ve killed more Jews,” Lieberman added.

Dagan said: “We came here today in order to sharpen and strengthen our demand for security to be restored, to close access roads and to reinstate checkpoints in Yehudah and Shomron.”