When the mayor of Jerusalem subdues a knife-wielding attacker, you better bet it’s going to become a political issue

February 23, 2015 5:11 PM

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When the mayor of Jerusalem subdues a knife-wielding attacker, you better bet it’s going to become a political issue

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat’s actions in helping subdue a knife-wielding Palestinian attacker on Sunday evening spurred the two main parties contesting the March 17 national election to aim jabs at each other.

Barkat, 55, aided his bodyguard in helping to tackle the attacker immediately after the 18-year-old West Bank resident stabbed and lightly wounded a passerby in downtown Jerusalem.

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