Lynch of Israeli officer narrowly averted

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

A senior Israeli army officer was nearly lynched after finding himself driving through the northern Samaria Palestinian town of Jenin after making a wrong turn.

The officer, a major in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was in uniform and unarmed when he accidentally entered Jenin, a hornet's nest of Palestinian terrorist activity. The Israeli quickly came under a hail of stones before being dragged out of his car by an enraged Palestinian mob.

Seconds later, Palestinian Authority police officers surrounded the area and took custody of the Israeli, saving him from a gruesome fate.

Local terrorists slammed the Palestinian Authority for denying them the opportunity to abduct a high-ranking Israeli soldier.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni issued a statement hailing the incident as evidence that the Palestinian Authority under PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas is finally starting to crack down on anti-Israel terrorism.

However, analysts noted that the rescue should be examined in light of an upcoming peace summit, and the fact that the kidnapping of an IDF major likely would have prevented Abbas from extracting any diplomatic concessions from Israel.

Palestinians who enter Israeli territory are not attacked.

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