Politicians normally roll with a crew of bodyguards and secret service goons, ready to dive in and take a bullet at the first sign of trouble. But Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem, didn’t need any of entourage when he wrestled a knife-wielding attacker to the ground himself.

When an 18-year old Palestinian stabbed a passer-by on a busy crossroads, the mayor’s bodyguards instantly pulled his weapon on him, and he dropped the knife. But then the mayor himself dives in, and spears the attacker to the ground.

The mayor is the guy in the white shirt:


And here is the aftermath: