An Israeli was found stabbed and bound in the trunk of a car in an Arab neighborhood of East Jerusalem early Friday morning after a pre-dawn police chase.
Police said the incident was likely criminal in nature, though they have not yet ruled out a nationalistically motivated attack.
Two East Jerusalem men, ages 20 and 19, were arrested.
The victim, a 60-year-old Tel Aviv resident, was taken to a local hospital, where he was listed with non-life threatening injuries.
The chase began after police on a routine patrol in the neighborhood near the Zeitim checkpoint in the capital attempted to approach a suspicious vehicle, which then took off toward the neighborhood of At-Tur on the Mount of Olives.
After a chase, the suspect vehicle hit a number of cars and came to a halt.
Police officer Khaled Salah told Ynet he was searching the car, which was likely stolen, when heard a voice screaming for help, at which point he found the victim in the trunk.
“We’ve opened an investigation to clarify the incident, but without a doubt its clear that the alertness and decisiveness of the police saved a life,” police official Chaim Shmueli told the news site.
The two men inside the car, both residents of the neighborhood, were detained.