JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant was able to intervene Tuesday to stop a young man from committing suicide.Join our WhatsApp group
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The man, from a town in northern Israel, had threatened to take his own life and a police negotiation team was called to the scene to deal with the situation.
Channel 12 News reported that the young man demanded to speak with a representative of the army or he would carry out his threat and commit suicide. One of the police officers disguised himself as a representative of the IDF, but the threatener was not convinced. He dangled himself in the air at a great height and demanded to be allowed to talk to the Defense Minister.
The police contacted Minister Gallant, and even though he was in the middle of security consultations, he immediately stopped the meeting so that he could assist the police in resolving the situation.
The minister talked calmly with the young man for several minutes and tried to persuade him to reconsider his decision. At the end of the conversation, the man was convinced to return to his home and not to follow through on his threats, thus ending a two-hour saga involving police and rescue authorities.