|Israeli hitch-hiking post [Image Source]|
- Sayeed Manjhid Div Jasor and Tawfek Hadar Joufek Ajbonariyeh, residents of the Palestinian Arab town of Jenin, aged 19 and 18.
- Two Israeli citizens: Yousef Hassin Youssef Warda, 34, from Qalansawe in central Israel; Anas Jabiran, 18, from the central Israeli Arab town of Umm al-Fahm
"The affair illustrates once again the terrorist organizations' intentions to abduct Israelis to use as a betting chip in prisoner release negotiations, with the active involvement of terrorists already in Israeli prisons... Terrorist organizations are continuing to try and use Arab-Israelis to further their cause, taking advantage of the freedom of movement the Israeli ID allows them as well as Arab-Israelis ability to smuggle Judea and Samaria residents in their car..."
The jihadists spent two full days trying to kidnap either an IDF soldier or a citizen from central Israel hitchhiking posts, but failed to entice anyone suitable into their car. They then changed gears and focused on trying to kidnap New Year’s Eve revelers wending their way home after partying but failed in that too. They then decided to spend the night in their vehicle, parking it close to the IDF checkpoint at the Eyal junction, near the Tel Aviv suburb of Kfar Saba, with the intention of trying once more after daybreak. But for reasons we can only guess at, they attracted suspicion during the night and security forces pounced on their vehicle, finding rope, masking tape, knitted caps, ski masks, box-cutters, and a mock gun. The suspects were then taken into custody. Subsequently, eight more Islamic Jihad terrorists from Jenin were apprehended and are now under arrest in Israel as a result of the interrogations of the first four.
They see that the return on investment can be substantial, worth the patience and effort that it calls for. The irony is that what they learned happens to come from the man who wrote the book on how to repulse them. Refer to page 144 of "Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and International Terrorists", a 1997 best-seller by Binyamin Netanyahu, about which we blogged in October 2011: see "12-Oct-11: "We may come to bitterly regret this transaction for years to come".