This isn’t anything special. This is just life in Israel.
It happened exactly a year ago.
Shortly after midnight, Yael Shahak and her 8-year-old daughter Chen were returning from a family gathering to their home in Beit El. Suddenly, the car in front of them slowed down. At first, Yael did not understand what was happening. She tried to signal to the driver with her lights, to no avail. The mysterious vehicle stopped in front of her, blocking her way. Yael tried to reverse her car, but the other car also shifted into reverse and drove after her. She tried to go to the right, but the car blocked her again. Four young men, their heads covered with hats and scarves, got out of the car and signaled to Yael to open her car door. When she refused, they began smashing the car windows with metal rods. Shards of broken glass fell on Chen, who had been sleeping.
Luckily for the mother and daughter, another car arrived, driven by Aharon Hass of Maaleh Levonah.
Only a few months ago, it was learned that Yael and her daughter had been saved from a kidnapping attempt in which they were to be used as bargaining chips for the release of Palestinian prisoners. The terrorist cell, which was discovered by the Shin Bet, was headed by Muhammad Manzar Muhammad Ramadan of El-Bireh.
The members of Ramadan’s cell, which belongs to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, planned their actions well. They bought a taser, tear gas, clubs and a gun-shaped cigarette lighter that looked like a real gun. They planned to hide the kidnap victims in a cave or an apartment in Ramallah, and also planned on filming the kidnapping and uploading the video to the Internet to start the negotiations for their release as soon as possible.
As the article goes on to say, these kidnapping attempts increased in the wake of the disastrous Shalit deal which has provided an incentive for kidnappings.
The terrorist premise once again is that every terrorist is only in jail until he can be traded in for a hostage. That didn’t use to work in the past, but the Hezbollah and Hamas deals were a huge mistake and the price once again is being paid by Israeli civilians. There are reasons that you don’t negotiate with terrorists.