Sara woke up early one morning and happened to look out of the window of her Mea-Shearim apartment. In the dim light of dawn, she saw a man throwing a large black plastic bag in a trash bin across the street. Nothing unusual about that – but her intuition signaled something urgent to her about this incident. She woke up Shmuel, her son, who happened to be staying over for that night, and he agreed to check it out. He looked inside the trash bin and he realized:
“It was a bomb!”
Shmuel was a courageous man who during his army training 20 years ago, happened to have been specialized in the art of dismantling bombs and explosives! The bomb was to be activated by cell phone at any moment. Fortunately, Shmuel figured out how to handle this particular kind of mechanism. He did it, notwithstanding the great risk. And so very quietly, easily, a few hundred lives were peacefully saved from being killed or hurt, traumatized and demoralized.
This story is one of the thousands of others that have occurred all over Israel during the intifada, especially since Rosh Hashanah (October) 2000.
According to the reports of the police, for every terrorist attack that succeeds, there are one hundred more that don’t succeed.