The criminally inept Israeli police didn’t react to the kidnap in real time

The 3 kidnapped teenagers: Left to right: Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Frenkel and Gil-Ad Shayer

The 3 kidnapped teenagers: Left to right: Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Frenkel and Gil-Ad Shayer

The Israeli Police need a new chief, a new minister and a swift kick up the backside, in no particular order.

Rumours have been circulating since the 3 boys were kidnapped that one of the boys called the police on his cell-phone at the moment of the kidnap and said “We’ve been kidnapped”, and then the phone went dead. The police sat on that call for anything between 1-5 hours (depending which paper you read) until the boys’ fathers made their separate way to their local police stations to report the boys’ disappearance. Those rumours have now been confirmed as true:

The Israeli police received a call Thursday night at 10:25 p.m. about a kidnapping but failed to act for several hours, reports indicated on Saturday night.

Eyal Yifrach, 19, from Elad near Petah Tikva, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, from the settlement of Talmon, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, a dual Israeli-American citizen from Nof Ayalon near Modiin, who were last seen at a hitchhiking post near Hebron Thursday night, and whose kidnappings were confirmed Saturday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were last heard from around 10:00 p.m. Thursday night.

According to Hebrew media reports, the police sent a patrol unit to the area only an hour after the call came in.

Only after the parents of the three started making their way to police stations overnight Thursday did the full picture surrounding what had happened become clear to authorities, Channel 2 reported.

It was unclear at which point the police notified the army. If reports are accurate, the kidnappers had about seven hours to kidnap, transport and hide the abductees, reports said.

According to the Jerusalem Post the police sat on the report for 5 hours:

The call was made to police dispatch around 10:30 p.m. but it was only as much as five hours later before security services were notified.

For the past 24 hours there has been furious criticism of police amid reports that they were notified of the suspected kidnapping but did not notify security forces, giving the kidnappers hours to flee the scene with the boys.

The Israel Police have not directly responded to the report, telling reporters to speak to the Judea and Samaria police district and not the national headquarters. Later on Saturday night, the Judea and Samaria district sent out a reply saying that they would neither confirm nor deny the reports which are the responsibility of the media outlets themselves.

On Sunday, the national police branch said that there is no truth to the reports that a committee of inquiry has been opened to probe the incident, and that they would still neither confirm nor deny reports.

Also Sunday morning, they announced that National Police Commissioner Yochanan Danino was expected to return later in the day from a conference in New York, and would hold meetings immediately upon his return about the kidnapping investigation.

The police in their defence say they thought it was a prank call:

According to Hebrew media reports, a senior police official attempted to deflect criticism and denied any faulty protocol in handling the call, as he said West Bank police receive dozens of false reports of attempted kidnappings on a daily basis. The official, however, vowed to set up a committee in order to examine why the information regarding a possible abduction was not passed on to the military faster.

The officer who had received the call from the abducted teenagers was described by a Channel 2 report as “a young, inexperienced” policeman.

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said Sunday afternoon that he was aware of claims that police had dropped the ball in failing to relay to the IDF information about the abduction, and that such claims would be examined more closely after the teens were located.

“There are some things that will be looked into, but right now we’re in the midst of efforts to return the boys, not to look bin blame,” he said during a visit to the home of the Naftali Frenkel, one of the abducted teens. “Right now I assign the lion’s share of the blame on Hamas.”

The police are going to need to get their house in order, including reorganizing their priorities.

But I can’t help wondering, if only the abducted boy had reported that they’re about to commit a price-tag attack, the police would have sprung into immediate action.

Yes, they’d probably have arrested the boys.  Because, you know, priorities… But at least they would have been safe, albeit in an Israeli jail.

Meanwhile, we’re so humanely open-minded that our brains have fallen out. Mahmoud Abbas’ wife has just been treated in a Tel Aviv hospital. I am outraged. Why on earth should we treat the wife of the leader of an enemy entity? If she needs surgery she could go to Jordan, Saudi Arabia or any of the other enlightened Arab countries surrounding Israel. Until our hostages are home safe and sound, we should not give medical treatment to any Palestinian official or their family. They are the ones who made a unity agreement with Hamas. Let them stew in their own juice.

And if you really want to get your blood pressure boiling, read Israellycool’s post on the absolutely vile reactions in the Arab world to the kidnapping.



Please pray for the safe return of:

Yakov Naftali ben Rachel יעקב נפתל בן רחל

Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim גלעד מיכאל בן בת-גלים

Eyal ben Iris Teshura  אייל בן איריס תשורה

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5 Responses to The criminally inept Israeli police didn’t react to the kidnap in real time

  1. NormanF says:

    This is the same point I made earlier.

    I’m not excusing the Arabs by means – this is what they do. But Israel has made it possible by creating incentives for the Arabs to kidnap and murder Jews. It has done nothing to deter and prevent it.

    Israeli law enforcement seem more concerned with words scrawled upon walls than with threats to the lives of people. This outlook has to change completely.

    And its time to stop rewarding Arab terrorists for their atrocities committed against Jews.

  2. Reality says:

    The police are really amazing when they have to haul Jews out if their(settlement)houses,and they run amok trying to catch terrorist teens who are(gasp)spraying racist graffiti.But when it comes to a kidnapping,or shooting,or stealing from farmers,then they shrug their shoulders and say what can you expect from an Arab.It’s their culture.

  3. bluewhale11 says:

    It is outrageous that Israeli police arrest Jews to prevent them from praying at our holiest site but it is disgusting that Israeli police failed to protect our children, especially in the heightened political situation that we are in now! Kidnapping threats have increased and terrorist activity is on the rise, especially with the “unity” government. All police departments in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria should have been on high alert because the Arabs never made any secret of their plans to kidnap more Jews in order to free more Palestinians since that ploy has always worked so successfully!!! No call from a possible kidnap victim should have been ignored even if it had turned out to be a prank! That was inexcusable, even for a new police officer!!!!

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