A styrofoam plane with a hand grenade attached to it was found late Sunday afternoon on an open section of Telor Road 234 in the Eshkol Regional Council district, between the communities of Re’im and Urim.
The plane was another one of the weaponized toys that are being flown into Israeli territory from Gaza by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists. Many are designed to attract the notice of young children, to their hoped-for serious injury or demise.
In this case, an adult noticed the plane first and called Israel Police who sent a sapper from the bomb squad.
Deliberately targeting children in a conflict is a war crime. But the United Nations Security Council has yet to define Hamas or the Palestinian Islamic Jihad as a terrorist organization, let alone accuse either of committing war crimes.
“We reiterate the guidelines,” said a statement from the Eshkol Regional Council. “In any case in which you come upon a suspicious object, we must distance ourselves. Don’t touch it. Report it to the Police / Eshkol hotline at 08-996-6333.
Earlier in the afternoon in Hebron, Israeli Border Guard Police foiled an attempted attack by a teenage wannabe terrorist.
A 17-year-old Arab girl tried to sneak into the Cave of the Patriarchs with a knife, but was red-flagged for suspicious behavior as she approached a checkpoint close to the Tomb.
Police quickly found the knife during the routine search carried out in such circumstances, but when the teenage terrorist was directed to follow their instructions, she began waving the weapon at the officers instead of handing it over.
The suspect was quickly overpowered by officers at the scene without the use of weapons. She was arrested and transferred to security personnel for questioning.
On Sunday night, an Israeli bus driver was injured in Judea and traffic came to a standstill while police sappers tried to determine whether terrorists had planted a bomb on the road in the Negev region.
Israeli motorists are attractive targets for Arab terrorists — this coming after a day in which an IDF officer was murdered, a second soldier critically wounded and an Israeli civilian very seriously injured in two back-to-back terror attacks near the Ariel junction in Samaria.
The “100” Israel Police hotline received a report of a suspicious object on Route 40 in the Negev Region, between the Goral and Lehavim junctions.
Police temporarily closed that segment of the highway to traffic until the completion of the procedure. Sappers from the bomb squad arrived at the site and brought along the robot that is used to handle suspicious objects in a safe manner.
Within a few minutes, Hatzalah Without Boundaries had also reported that an Israeli bus driver sustained shrapnel wounds to his face after his bus came under a hail of rocks in Judea.
The incident occurred while the bus was traveling on the Trans-Judea (Hebron-Tarqumiya) Road, about 300 meters west of the Beit Kahil Bridge, north of Ma’ale Amos.
The driver was treated at the scene before being evacuated by medics from the Magen David Adom emergency medical service to Hadassah Medical Center’s Mount Scopus campus in Jerusalem.
The bus was, needless to say, damaged in the attack.
Palestinian Authority terrorists carried out a separate stoning attack on an Israeli motorist about half an hour later, according to Hatzalah Without Boundaries.
That attack took place in the area of Luban a-Sharqiya, northeast of the PA capital city of Ramallah. No physical injuries were reported in the attack, but the bus sustained damage.