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Police are planning to charge a recent immigrant from South Africa this morning with stabbing an off-duty Israel Defenses Forces soldier outside a Tel Aviv bar last weekend, Haaretz has learned.

Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Adam Michael Gringruz, 20, a native of Johannesburg who immigrated to Israel in October, allegedly stabbed an unidentified, 18-year-old soldier in the neck with a broken bottle during a late-night altercation. The soldier is recuperating at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital, where his condition was described as moderate to serious.

The suspect’s father, Yossi Gringruz is visiting Israel. He told Haaretz that police allowed him to meet with his son earlier this week for “two minutes.” He said his son had sustained a head injury in the altercation and had told him he had acted “in self-defense” after being chased by eight youths from the bar.

“He was going to enter the Israeli army in a few months,” said the father, who immigrated to Israel from Russia in 1975 and has lived in Johannesburg for more than two decades.