“Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shown unto me in saving my life.” Genesis 19:19 (The Israel Bible™)
Israeli security forces at the scene where a suspect terrorist opened fire at the Sarona Market shopping center in tel Aviv, on June 8, 2016. The suspect shot and killed four people, in a suspected terror attack in the center of the city. (Photo: Gili Yaari/Flash90)
Amid the tragedy that followed Wednesday night’s shooting, one victim saw God’s hand as he survived two gunshot wounds to the head.
Asaf Bar was with his girlfriend at the Max Brenner cafe in Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market when two Palestinian terrorists, also dining at the restaurant, opened fire in their direction. According to The Jerusalem Post, Bar was shot in the head twice, yet somehow he not only survived the terrible ordeal, but remained conscious throughout the evening, including the ride to the hospital.
His girlfriend immediately called to notify the Bar family their son had been wounded. Upon receiving the news, they rushed from Haifa to be with Asaf.
Bar’s father, Avner, and sister, Dana Cohen, shared the victim’s experience with Israeli media.
“Asaf was sitting [in the restaurant] with his girlfriend. They were there eating a breakfast meal, and the perpetrator, the first thing he did was to shoot two bullets at Asaf,” they said.
“[Asaf] saw the two terrorists and they were laughing. In his description he said they were wearing suits – this was at the table next to them,” Avner said. “In photographs [the terrorists] are seen getting up, taking a step, and aiming a gun half-a-meter away from Asaf.”
Despite Bar’s horrific encounter with his would-be killers, God’s mighty hand clearly played a part in saving the boy’s life.
“I feel like [my] boy is here as a gift from God,” his father marveled.
In a voice that evoked appreciation for the medics caring for Asaf, Avner explained his son’s current medical standing. “He spoke to us now, he can move all his body parts. One bullet remains in his head and the other was removed”
“It was [truly] a miracle that he came out of this,” Avner emphasized.
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