Well-known Israeli vocalist and songwriter Yigal Bashan, 64, was taken to to Ichilov Medical Center Sunday afternoon after having been stabbed in the chest. The performer was taken into surgery soon after he was admitted.

According to a report broadcast on Israel’s Army Radio, police have ruled out criminal motive for the attack. Bashan is currently listed in fair condition although there are few details available to media. Bashan’s manager, Paddy Pettav, said he “hopes there will be an improvement in his condition,” and added the singer “seemed to be doing well” when he spoke with him.

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Over a span of 40 years, Bashan has spent years on the stage as a vocalist, actor and children’s television show host. The vocalist is extremely popular and has produced more than 30 albums over the years. He is known for songs such as “Sivan,” and “Yesh Li Tzipor Ketana B’Lev” (A Little Bird in my Heart) and as a member of a trio in the 1980s children’s program, ‘Hopa Hey.’

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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