Why did no one shoot to stop the Palestinian car rampage that killed two Israeli soldiers?

An Israel officer and a conscript were killed securing a highway in northern Samaria on Friday, March 16. A third remained in critical condition Saturday after surgery for severe head trauma; a fourth suffered “moderate” injuries to his lower limbs. The four Israeli servicemen were securing the highway outside Mevo Dotan 8km from Jenin in northern Samaria, when Alla Kabha, 26, from Barta’a village, deliberately crashed his car at high speed into a group of soldiers.
Early Saturday, the top IDF top brass visited the scene of the attack: Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gady Eisenkot was given a briefing, accompanied by the new OC of IDF Central Command, Maj.-Gen. Nadav Padan; Coordinator of the Government in the Territories (COGAT), Maj.-Gen Yoav Mordechai; Head of the Home Front Command, Maj.-Gen. Tamir Yadai; and Commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, Brig.-Gen. Eran Niv.

The military spokesman meanwhile announced that an earlier closure of Barta’a village had been lifted, while searches were conducted. Then came announcements that the terrorist’s brother had been detained for questioning, his home mapped out for the demolition squad, and work permits in Israel revoked for around 60 members of his extended family.
Highway 585 which serves the Israeli communities in the area was reopened for Palestinian traffic, although roadblocks were set up for checking passing cars. Gen. Eisenkot’s “back to normal” policy was in full swing short hours after a deadly attack, leaving too many questions  unanswered.
DEBKAfile’s military sources ask the following:

  1. What exactly happened? It was reported that the four soldiers caught by the speeding car had just alighted from their patrol jeep. Two were standing next to the front of the vehicle, and two at the side facing the road. The Palestinian car appears to have hit the first group and then reversed and veered round to hit the other two, a maneuver than must have taken more than a few seconds. Why did none of the other members of the unit shoot the driver to stop the attack?
  2. Why was a single jeep out on patrol, instead of the regulation pair?
  3. Was the “pillbox” guard post below which the attack occurred manned? And if so, why did the soldiers fail to open fire on the rampaging Palestinian vehicle? The guard post was presumably equipped with the regulation electronic surveillance gear for keeping track of suspicious movements in the surrounding area. Why was the attack not forestalled?
  4. Immediately after the event, the Shin Bet security service suddenly released a load of statistics: In the past year, the service had foiled 200 “lone” terrorist attacks. Was this communique meant to play down the deadly car-ramming attack as just another act by a loner – even before a proper investigation was launched and had a chance to establish if Alla Kabha acted on behalf of a terrorist organization?

 

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28 thoughts on “Why did no one shoot to stop the Palestinian car rampage that killed two Israeli soldiers?

  • Mar 17, 2018 @ 13:04 at 13:04
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    I recon the soldiers were just caught totally “off gaurd”, unexpected, maybe having a smoke break chat…but the timing of the murders seems planned….

  • Mar 17, 2018 @ 14:46 at 14:46
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    If Israel does not expel every Islamic terrorist Muslim from israel there will cease to be a israel. For every Islamic terrorist there is their family and friends who hold the same views and will kill Israeli women children without any mercy

    • Mar 17, 2018 @ 15:18 at 15:18
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      These Palestinian terrorists are a special breed of traitors that have aligned themselves with Hezbollah, Iran, Assad, etc. They have taken sides and even arms against their Syrian opposition brothers.

      • Mar 19, 2018 @ 19:52 at 19:52
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        i think these terrorists do not like to live under israeli occupation

        • Mar 19, 2018 @ 21:09 at 21:09
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          then they should kill the occupiers in ramallah or amman.

  • Mar 17, 2018 @ 15:12 at 15:12
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    These different small terror incidences that are occurring are due to Iran testing potential Palestinian methods on a small scale that they would like increased if they want to pressure Israel. There were the IEDs recently with the Gaza border and the bomb attempt on the PA prime minister in Gaza. Iran is now planning to finance the return of suicide attacks that use individual bombers, groups of bombers and vehicles filled with bombs. Iran must be made to pay for all terror planning and financing.

    • Mar 19, 2018 @ 21:11 at 21:11
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      no. the solution to iran is not to “make them pay”, it’s to remove the khomeinist regime.

  • Mar 17, 2018 @ 15:38 at 15:38
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    So much for the hyped up prowess of the IDF and Shin Bit. The latter’s releases of “statistics” is nothing more than a pathetic attempt to cover their ass. One wonders if the IDF is to the task of taking on Hizbullah, I doubt it.

  • Mar 17, 2018 @ 15:53 at 15:53
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    Why they jumped from the Jeep and stand in front of it on the highway, it’s dangerous even in North America, why they didn’t park behind pillbox, why nobody was in a pillbox, why they weren’t on the alert, with their weapons in ready to fire position, for the hell’s sake they were in the enemy territory? The answer unfortunately traditional for Zahal, chronic flouting of rules and regulations, lack of the discipline, chutzpah, poor training. And case of Azaria Elor and imbecilic rules of the opening fire must be added.

  • Mar 17, 2018 @ 16:02 at 16:02
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    Are there any good Samaritans?

    • Mar 17, 2018 @ 22:18 at 22:18
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      The war is mot a baseball game. If you don’t follow rules and regulations and fools around you get killed, it’s what good drill sergeant beats in your stupid head, and good platoon commander make sure that you would never forget. If man is told not to put his hand inside machinery with moving parts, and he does and loses his limb his is not paid workers compensation. This case is an absolute analogy, and upper level officers are responsible, that even the last and most dumb idiot follows rules and regulations, and because of that the heads of the company, battalion and brigade commander must roll.

  • Mar 17, 2018 @ 16:13 at 16:13
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    One word FUBAR. Some heads better roll for that.

  • Mar 17, 2018 @ 16:59 at 16:59
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    Has been said before; mandatory shoot to kill, mandatory expulsion of family, mandatory home destruction.
    These three items will be understood by the two-legged rats: But no government will have the balls to abolish the (by now) dangerously counterproductive “Purity of Arms Doctrine”, or even totally get rid of the horrible “Galut” mentality (“What will the Goyim say?”) fears !

    • Mar 18, 2018 @ 11:18 at 11:18
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      Maybe it’s time to do what Jehu or King David would have done, by individual soldiers trampling the stupid rule book underfoot.

  • Mar 17, 2018 @ 18:22 at 18:22
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    These people are fighting a foreign occupation of the land thy have been living on for over 2000 years till this group of “Jews” came and claimed it as their own. The “Israeli soldiers” or Jewhadis as I like to call them need to pack up and go home to Eastern Europe and Russia because soon enough, they will be forced out.. just a matter of time.

    • Mar 18, 2018 @ 0:57 at 0:57
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      Come on now, you know that’s not going to happen.

    • Mar 18, 2018 @ 3:03 at 3:03
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      2000 years ago it was Judea and Judeans lived there and not Arabs and the Judeans were fighting a foreign occupation by the Romans.

    • Mar 18, 2018 @ 12:42 at 12:42
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      Terrorstinians belong in the state set up for them in recent history after the Ottoman collapse – in Jordan which, by the way, was stolen by the British from the Mandate and given to their Arab royal “friends.”

      Bruce, nothing I can say to an uneducated Jew hater will get you to read a book or to understand. One thing that the Jewish people must never do again is surrender to people like you who have a bloodthirsty desire to wipe out Jews. It has happened all too often in history and now leftists and Islamists have joined forces to do so again. Not a chance- we have over 3000 years of presence in the Land of Israel; longer than you have in the Americas or Europe. So evict yourself first before bitching about riddinf the wirld of one of the oldest indigenous people in the world.

    • Mar 19, 2018 @ 21:13 at 21:13
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      if the arabs were there for 2000 years (in a pig’s eye), why did the united nations require only 2 years’ residency to qualify as a “refugee”? your arab friends need to get their lies straight.

  • Mar 17, 2018 @ 18:56 at 18:56
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    Rest in Piss.
    European zionist SCUM!!!

    • Mar 18, 2018 @ 4:18 at 4:18
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      Palestinians are descended from Crete. Therefore, they are CRETINS.

    • Mar 18, 2018 @ 13:05 at 13:05
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      Indigestion getting you down Mr. Fock? Try euthanasia.

  • Mar 17, 2018 @ 20:06 at 20:06
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    All good questions but answers are lacking.

  • Mar 18, 2018 @ 3:38 at 3:38
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    Because the political left ( Israels 5th column ) has managed ( through its judges ) that soldiers prefer to be killed by terrorists
    rather than killing a terrorist and be sent to prison….
    So these soldiers were murdred by Israels left !
    Now all the statements of Bibi , Liberman etc. – its hot air ! The arab beast / killer will be freed at one near point, then he will kill further Jews !
    Its like with Shalit – government doesnt care for citizens as long its not their own family !
    Goverment cares about high salaries, nice Volvos…
    For sure Israel needs a new goverment !

    • Mar 18, 2018 @ 17:12 at 17:12
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      What a disgrace , what a disrespect from israeli goverment for those young men who put their lives on the line for the nation of Israel ! A new govermment is urgently needed !

  • Mar 18, 2018 @ 4:16 at 4:16
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    We Jew’s prefer to honor the dead, than protect the living.

  • Mar 18, 2018 @ 5:19 at 5:19
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    When a car Is speeding at you
    Take cover
    Then
    Shoot first
    Ask questions
    Later

  • Mar 19, 2018 @ 5:21 at 5:21
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    Poor discipline, poor combat awareness, cockiness, and instilled fear of being brought up on charges… How the hell can any army fight like this?

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