Drive by Shooting in Samaria

After the incident at the Barkan industrial zone when a young woman and a co-worker were tied up and executed by a former worker things have been pretty quiet.

Unfortunately yesterday in Northern Samaria near the town of Ofra a terrorists with Palestinian Authority plates decided to shoot up the bus stop injuring 6 people with one of them being a pregnant woman.

The woman was rushed to the hospital and the baby had to be delivered earlier to save his life and is still in critical condition.

I have served in this area and know the area really well, as a civilian I have stood at the bus stop and hitchhiked like the other people at the bus stop.

Hitchhiking and taking public transportation is a way of life in Judea and Samaria and just about anyone can be a victim.

The biggest problem is that the world has been giving money to the Palestinian authority for years and they have perpetuated terror attacks against Israeli citizens for years.

Ever since the creation of the Palestinian Liberation Organization they have continually attacked Israeli civilians for years.

Near the end of my military service I remember being stationed in the Beit El region that a Palestinian Authority police officer shot up the entrance to Beit El.

Just because the PA is not a militant Islamic group does not mean they are any better than Hamas.

Every time someone commits a terror attack the PA will pay that person a salary of three thousand dollars thanks to the gracious support of European and Canadian tax payers.

Palestinian Authority constantly supports terrorism and has promoted anti-Israel propaganda against the Jewish people and Israel for years.

On the Palestinian Authority television just like throughout the Arab world not only are there many anti-Jewish TV shows but little children are taught that Jews are the enemy of G-d.

If it was not for the IDF operating in the West Bank along with the Jewish residents residing in Judea and Samaria the West Bank would turn into another Hamas run state.

Even with the great work the army does to keep people safe by operating through the Judea and Samaria we are almost powerless to stop Palestinian Authority members who commit terror attacks.

Most soldiers and police officers will not stop a Palestinian government car nor will they come under suspicion since they are seen as the “good guys.”

What happened in Ofra during the drive by shooting was committed by a person driving a vehicle with a license plate belong to the Palestinian Authority.

Either the person driving stole a license plate belonging to the PA or they were from the PA and decided to commit a drive by.

It is incredibly difficult to get a gun in the black market in the West Bank and the Army monitors all the possible email and phone conversation while constantly arresting people every night for obtaining or attempting to obtain a gun.

Israel is going to have to prevent the PA government cars from traveling on the road or put up bullet proof glass at every bus stop in Judea and Samaria because we can not trust the PA or take our security lightly at all.

In the meantime the baby is in serious mortal danger and all of us should be reciting Psalms to help the baby have a full recovery.

About the Author
Shlomo was born in Miami, Florida in 1989 and moved to Israel in 2012. He holds a degree from Florida Atlantic University in Political Science and served in the IDF as a combat soldier in the Netzach Yehuda Battalion. After serving in the military Shlomo studied in Yeshivat Shavie Hevron where he lived in Hebron. He now lives in Kiryat Arba, is a proud reservist in the Golani Brigade, and is a blogger for the Times of Israel.