Would-be Palestinian assailants on Monday morning nearly got their hands on an Israeli motorist who turned out to be Supreme Court Justice David Mintz.
Mintz was driving to work from his home in the Jewish settlement of Dolev, located about 15 miles north of Jerusalem, when a Palestinian vehicle suddenly stopped and blocked his way.
Three Palestinian Arab men emerged, all carrying hammers, and began to approach Mintz's car. Thankfully, the judge was able to maneuver around the stopped Palestinian vehicle and escape physical harm.
Mintz later gave a full report to police.
The incident comes amid rising tensions in the wake of two deadly attacks in the so-called "West Bank" (biblical Samaria).
Last week, a Palestinian Arab man entered the Barkan Industrial Park where thousands of Palestinians and Israelis work side-by-side and brutally murdered two Israelis. At least one of his victims, 29-year-old Kim Yehezkel, was tied up and then executed at close range.
Days later, a Palestinian mother was killed in the central West Bank when her husband lost control of their car under a hail of stones reportedly thrown by Jewish settlers.
Israeli security forces continue to hunt for the perpetrators of both attacks.