The IDF prevented at least 30 hitchhiking kidnapping attempts by Arab terrorists in the past year before three teenage settler boys were kidnapped while hitchhiking by Arab terrorists on the West Bank Thursday night. Even so, most rabbis and community leaders are still refusing to order their followers to stop hitchhiking.
Above from left: The three kidnapped teens, Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and the American Naftali Frenkel
IDF Thwarted At least 30 Terrorist Kidnapping Attempts In Last Year Alone; Despite Heightened Risk, Settler Teens Still Hitchhiking
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The IDF prevented at least 30 hitchhiking kidnapping attempts by Arab terrorists in the past year, Media Line reported.
And as FailedMessiah.com reported earlier this week, before last week's kidnapping of three teenage boys by Arab terrorists, because of the heightened kidnapping risk in West Bank, IDF and state security officials repeatedly begged settler leaders and rabbis to order their followers to stop hitchhiking in the West Bank. The settler rabbis and settler leaders refused to do so.
The three boys were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank Thursday night – where settler teens continue to regularly hitchhike, often with their parents' approval, despite the kidnappings.
In fact, Media Line reports children as young as 12- and 13-years-old are still hitchhiking in the Gush Etzion area, which has a population of about 20,000 Jews.
Media Line says some of this hitchhiking has to do with nonexistent public transporatation between Jewish settlements in Gush Etzion. But it also has to do with an ingrained settler lifestyle that settler teens and their parents do not want to end.
Settlements could set up regular private shuttles between the settlements if they wanted to.
None appear to have done so.