Messianic Jewish Teen's Bomber May Avoid Trial

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The man accused of trying to kill Israeli teenager, Ami Ortiz, with a bomb may not have to stand trial.

A three judge panel will decide if the suspect is mentally fit for the court case that's attracted world wide attention.

As Jack Teitel entered the courtroom, he claimed Israel's legal system had no authority over him.

"This house of prostitution has no legitimacy," he said.

Teitel is accused of planting a bomb at the home of Ortiz and his family. The blast nearly killed the teenager.

Teitel faces a number of charges in other cases, including the deaths of two Arabs and an attempted murder of a liberal professor.

The Ortiz family must wait until December for the judge's decision.

"It's going to be very, very important because they're really going to decide within one hearing whether he can be deemed responsible, mentally responsible for what he did in the past, and also, if he's fit to stand trial now," Ami's mother, Leah Ortiz, said.

Since the 2008 bombing, Ami's parents have faced an emotional ordeal, but still pray for their son's accused attacker.

"We feel at peace that God's in control," Ami's dad, David Ortiz, said. First of all, when we're at home with our family, we continue to pray for him. We continue to pray for him, with all these things that have taken place, that God will visit him."

As for Ami, his mother said his progress has defied the doctor's prognosis and exceeded expectations.

"They told us a long time ago he would never be able to run again like he did before. He will never be able to jump as high as he did before, but I mean he wins all the races," Leah said. "He runs faster than anybody. He dunks the ball and jumps really high. I just believe the Lord is going to restore him completely."

"He's a wonder in my own eyes. How peaceful, how he's taking it. He has a vision to go forward, and he feels that this is in the Lord's hand," David said.

In the meantime, the Ortiz's hope people will stand with them in prayer for the man who nearly killed their son.

"In our hearts, we feel, we don't feel anger, we don't feel bitterness. More importantly that Ami does not," David said. We continue to pray for him, and we continue to pray that God with this case will continue to glorify Himself, and this is the main thing in all of this is that the name of Yeshua should be lifted among the people of Israel."

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