Finding stolen vehicles and fighting the desert

Thursday, September 28, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Whoever said Israelis and Palestinians cannot cooperate has truly been mistaken. No, we are not talking about fighting terrorism or returning Gilad Shalit. This time we are talking about a massive joint effort to find a stolen UN vehicle which was taken by Palestinian militants in Gaza. This time, it was an Israeli vehicle recovery company that did the job together with the Palestinian security forces.

The ordeal began last Monday when a UN representative called the headquarters of Ituran, an Israeli satellite tracking company which locates lost vehicles. The UN rep said that one of their vehicles, a Toyota Land Cruiser (worth about NIS 350,000) was stolen in Gaza two days earlier. Ituran was able to locate the vehicle in Dir Al-Balah and notified the UN headquarters about the exact location of the vehicle, including maps and aerial photos.

Based on that information, Palestinian security forces, together with UN personnel infiltrated the area where the vehicle was held and returned the vehicle back to its rightful owners.

Nir Sheratzky, CEO of Ituran said that this is the first time that there has been such cooperation between his company and the Palestinian security forces in the recovery of a stolen vehicle inside the Palestinian areas.

Another form of Israeli international cooperation took the shape of helping Nigeria stop the spread of the Sahara desert in its territory. Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres met with Nigerian officials, headed by the governor of the Uba province who presented details about the desertification process happening in Nigeria’s northern province, in an attempt to stop the ecological disaster.

The governor thanked Peres for Israel’s help in fighting desertification in the region, and said this move will help fortify Israeli-Nigerian relations. Peres thanked the delegation for their visit to Israel and said that Israel will be glad to share all of the information it has on the issue.

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