Photo Credit: Israel Police Spokesperson's Unit
A land mine aimed at blowing up a British tank was found in Netanya; Israeli sappers carefully removed and defused it.

Israel Police sappers examined and carefully removed an anti-tank land mine that was planted in Netanya during the British Mandate period.

The mine was being used against Mark II Infantry tanks. There are two types of tanks known as “Mark II”: the British “Matilda (A12) Mark II, and the Israeli Merkava Mark II.

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The British Matilda A12 was introduced into service in 1937. The Israeli Merkava Mark II made its debut in April 1983.

Of the two, it is more likely that landmine found in Netanya was set by Israeli fighters to detonate against British forces during the Mandate period.

In any case, today’s modern sappers carefully removed the bomb and safely defused it.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.