Initially, the media (including the Israeli media) reported that 40-year-old Yitchak Dadon was the person who killed the terrorist at the Merkaz massacre. For some strange reason, the media shifted, and the IDF issued a statement that David Shapira, an IDF officer of the Paratrooper Brigade’s Battalion 890 Operations Branch, attacked and killed the terrorist. He was then called a hero, and Yerushalayim Mayor Uri Lupolianski met with him and praised his heroic actions.
Why the sudden change? Why didn’t the government issue any statement calling Yitzchak Dadon a hero as well?
Times Online, UK: “He was shot and killed by Yitzhak Dadon, an off-duty army officer, who occasionally studied at the seminary. “He came out of the library spraying automatic fire … the terrorist came to the entrance and I shot him twice in the head,” said Mr Dadon, who, like many Israeli men, carries a weapon at all times.”
Chicago Tribune: “A student, Yitzhak Dadon, said he shot the attacker first with his own pistol. He told Israel Radio that when the shooting started, he climbed out of a window to a porch. “The terrorist went out and started spraying gunfire in the air,” he said. “He stood at the main entrance to the library. … I shot two bullets in his head, and he started to turn. He started swaying and then a fellow with an M-16 … finished him off. We kept shooting at him until we emptied our clips.”
Jerusalem Post: “We heard shooting and knew that something had happened,” recounted Yitzhak Dadon, 40, who studies at the yeshiva. Dadon said he cocked his handgun and went up to the roof of the yeshiva, where he saw the terrorist spraying gunfire indiscriminately at the crowd inside. Dadon said he fired two bullets at the terrorist, who began to stumble.”
Video of TV reporter interviewing Yitzchak Dadon – minutes after he shot the terrorist – click HERE to watch.
The list continues with close to 100 news agencies reporting the same thing.
Then things suddenly changed:
IDF: Captain David Shapira, an IDF officer of the Paratrooper Brigade’s Battalion 890 Operations Branch, attacked and killed the Palestinian terrorist who executed last night’s terror attack in the Mercaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem in which 8 students were killed. The Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, addressed the officer this morning, praising his fast actions and for exemplifying the true IDF spirit. The Chief of Staff went on to praise the courage and professionalism of the officer’s actions last night.
Haaretz: “Shapira went in anyway……..he knows the building and how to approach. He realized the shooting was coming from the vicinity of the library and searched for a good position. “After identifying the source of the shooting he opened fire and verified the hit. … Afterward he continued to search the yeshiva in order to rule out the possibility of a second terrorist. He told me there were a lot of people locked in their rooms.”
USA Today: In the city, YnetNews says Israeli officials are praising the off-duty soldier who killed the attacker. “I am no hero,” David Shapira says. “I acted as required of me as an IDF soldier.”
Ynet: Shortly after the attack, Shapira met with Lupolianski, who praised him for saving the lives of Jerusalem residents through his brave actions. “I am no hero,” Shapira replied. “I acted as required of me as an IDF soldier.”