Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Missing Death, by a minute.
This afternoon I had a meeting in Elon Moreh settlement in Northern Samaria, to verify on the site the advance of my water recycling project and to approve the payment of the contractor´s first bill. The work seems to be advancing, soon we shall have water for irrigation. Driving back to Kever Benjamin City, around 4 PM, about a km south of Elon Moreh and before the Hawara checkpost there was a barrier of big rocks aligned on the road, so I had to stop. This is the standard Palestinian terrorist trap, to forc e a car to stop in a selected place, and whan it tries to reverse, they start shooting from the road side. I was lucky, the road obstacle had been reported a minute before at Elon Moreh checkpost (I heard something but gave no imporance to it) and the security people from Elon Moreh arrived very fast and without a word they took up positions and cleared the road. Almost immediately arrived a military jeep and helped them to clear the stones. One kilometer ahead a roack check had been already improvised and the Army was stopping cars and registering the Palestinians. Thus did I escape possible death today in Samaria.
This is part of a pattern. Yesterday a resident of Kochav Hashahar was seriously wounded when a gunman opened fire on his car on the highway near the settlement. Moshe Avitan, who was driving at the time, suffered wounds to his face from the shooting. His wife took the wheel and drove to the community's security guard.
At the time of the attack, Avitan and his wife had been on their way home from the Shilo area.