He’s The Batman

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He being Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who today was personally involved in taking down a terrorist.

That’s him in the white shirt lunging at the knife-wielding terrorist.



In a scene straight out of a blockbuster action film, surveillance video recorded Sunday evening shows Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat tackle an Arab terrorist who stabbed a haredi man seconds earlier, and then wildly attempted to accost passersby near the capital’s City Hall.

The video, which has gone viral, shows the suspect, identified by police as a 19-year-old Palestinian who entered Jerusalem without authorization, swinging a knife at bystanders after initially stabbing a 30-year-old haredi man at a junction in Tzahal Square.

Moments later, Barkat can be seen rapidly and determinedly walking toward the suspect, as two members of his security detail run to catch up to him. When one of the bodyguards draws his pistol, the suspect drops the weapon and Barkat tackles him to the pavement.

And here he is barking orders, taking command of the situation.

I’ll let him explain events.

Notice how they did not shoot the terrorist dead, even though they could have.

So there you have it, folks. The mayor of Jerusalem is a badass.

chuck norris nir barkat

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