Israeli TV Reporter Gets Stabbed While Testing Protective Vest

Eitam Lachover was testing the quality of vests that the IDF is supposed to receive in the wake of a wave of stabbings, but one knife got through.

Channel 1 reporter Eitam Lachover, left, being stabbed in the back in a test of the protective jacket he was wearing, January 6, 2016.
Courtesy Channel 1

An Israel television reporter took the unusual step of testing a protective vest and ending up getting stabbed in the back on Wednesday.

Eitam Lachover, a reporter for Channel 1, was testing the quality of protective vests that Israel Defense Forces soldiers are supposed to receive in the wake of the recent wave of stabbings. During the report, Lachover wore the vest and agreed to serve as a live example of its reliability and strength, but it didn't end well.

The vest, according to its manufacturers, consists of a semi-hard plastic, and is meant to defend the exposed region of soldiers' bodies that are not protected by their bullet-proof vest – the neck and around the shoulder blades. Unfortunately for Lachover, the vest apparently did not prove itself as the knife penetrated and lightly wounded him in the back.

Channel 1 posted on its Facebook page that representatives of FMS Enterprises Migun, the vest manufacturer, were greatly embarrassed as a result of the incident and immediately offered assistance. Later, Lachover was sent for medical treatment to a hospital, where doctors stitched up his back.

In a similar test held Wednesday morning for Channel 10, the vest proved itself on the subject, Orly Vilnai. TheMarker reported that FMS shares plummeted in the wake of the incident.

"The knife did not penetrate the vest," commented FMS Enterprises Migun, according to a report by Globes on Wednesday. "The reporter moved during the demonstration, and the 'stabber' missed the vest. The reporter was stabbed slightly above the vest. Our material has been tested in laboratories all over the world, and was found to have met the most stringent standards - far beyond the stabbing ability of a human being."