MK Meir Porush of the UTJ party was attacked outside his home Monday morning by an unknown assailant who tried to cut his beard with scissors. The attack occurred when Porush left his house in the Shikkun Rabbanim neighborhood of Jerusalem.

The suspect, who wore Chareidi clothes, escaped on a scooter. Police initiated a large manhunt for the assailant whose motives are as yet unknown. Sources close to Porush said that the assailant first asked his identity and then attacked him.

Police say that there were “apparently two suspects who attacked Porush and escaped. He did not require medical treatment. Police are conducting searches for the suspects and have opened an investigation.”

MK Yaakov Litzman (UTJ) expressed his dismay at the attack. “I am shocked by the violent attack of MK Rabbi Meir Porush by dangerous attackers in Jerusalem,” he wrote. “This is a new and dangerous low point and crosses a red line. The police must act quickly and get its hands on the attackers, and act against them with the full might of the law. It is unfathomable that a public servant is attacked, harmed or feels threatened in any way,” he wrote.

MK Yisrael Eichler (UTJ) called Porush and offered his support to “the emissary of the great men of Israel who spends day and night serving every citizen with dedication.”

Eichler added that “violence is a dangerous thing for every citizen and not just for public servants. We are responsible for curbing this crime before it gets out of hand.”

President Isaac Herzog spoke to Porush on Monday afternoon, shortly after the attack occurred, he said in a statement.

“Violence against anyone, and certainly against emissaries and elected officials, is crossing a red line, and we must treat it with the utmost severity,” he said. “I am confident that the law enforcement system will locate the attackers and bring them to justice soon. “