An Israeli man carjacked by two Palestinians who then abandoned him in the West Bank city of Qalqilya attributed his rescue to a coordinated effort by the Israel Defense Forces and Palestinian Authority security services.
Holon resident Natan Said, 71, was on his way to Kfar Saba when something hit the back of his car outside Nabi Ilyas, a Palestinian Authority-controlled town near the Jewish town of Alfe Menashe. Two men stopped him, then jumped into his car while pressing a gun to his head, according to Said. He said, “I thought they were going to kill me.”
The men demanded that Said drive them to Qalqilya, then dropped him in an orchard before absconding with his car.
Said called the police, at which point three Jeeps belonging to Palestinian Authority security forces arrived, followed by more Jeeps that went after the carjackers.
According to Said, the PA security officers treated him well, bringing him coffee and helping him calm down. He was later notified that his car had been found, at which point Palestinian police escorted him to the vehicle, accompanied him out of Qalqilya, and delivered him to IDF officers, who brought him to the Ariel police station for questioning.