Temple Mount Activist Yehuda Glick's Condition Begins to Improve

Glick, who was shot last week, is beginning to communicate with those around him, though he is still sedated and on a respirator.

Emil Salman

The condition of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick, who was shot by a Palestinian assailant in an attempted assassination last week, has improved substantially, Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Hospital announced on Thursday.

Glick, who is still on a respirator, has begun communicating with the environment and recognizing family members in the past day, the Mako website reported on the basis of a hospital statement.

The 49-year-old right-wing activist has undergone a number of operations since the shooting and his condition is still considered to be critical but stable.

"Since Wednesday evening, he has been responding to questions with nods for 'yes' or 'no,'" Glick's son, Hagai, told Walla on Thursday morning.

Nevertheless, doctors are keeping Glick heavily sedated due to the pain he is suffering. Prof. Petachia Reissman, head of the orthopedic ward at Shaare Zedek, said Glick's doctors were hoping to bring him back to full consciousness slowly.

Glick was shot outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center last Wednesday night by a gunman on a motorcycle. His suspected assailant, Muataz Hijazi, 32, of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor, was subsequently shot by police.