A little past 21:00 on Wednesday evening (12 August 2009) a car with two occupants was fired upon by Arabs as it approached Ma'alé Levoná near the road leading to Giv'át haRo'é. The two occupants were injured lightly – the initial report that appeared on 'Arutz Sheva's Newsflash at 21:30 was that one person was injured by shards of glass from the shooting.
A later report on 'Arutz Sheva indicated that both occupants were taken to Jerusalem hospitals for treatment. All roads leading up Levoná (Ma'alé Levoná is the village atop the huge hill called Levoná) were closed as Army patrols searched for the attackers who were reported to have fled the scene. It is not clear whether the attackers were in a vehicle or not.
At the present hour (23:30, 12 Aug 2009) there are a number of Army jeeps in front of the gate of Ma'alé Levoná as the search continues, but buses and vehicles can enter and leave the village. I suspect that Sinjel, the Arab town at the bottom of Levoná, is closed off to traffic. The town of Túrmus Aiye, on the other side of Highway 60 from Levoná was not closed off to traffic at 21:30, but it has been impossible to confirm whether the Army search has extended to that town yet.
Jewish leaders in Judea and Samaria have blamed the removal of roadblocks on roads in Judea and Samaria, actions taken to please the American president, Obama, for the fact that the attack was as successful as it was. According to 'Arutz Sheva, Samarian Residents' Council head Benny Katzover blamed American pressure to remove roadblocks in Samaria. MK Yaakov Katz (Ketzaleh) of the National Union party blamed the Wednesday night attack on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for caving into US pressure, and pursuing policies which make it easier for Arab terrorists to move about freely in Jewish-populated areas. "Netanyahu's policy of fawning to the Arabs, his willingness to release terrorists and his fear of Jewish growth in Judea and Samaria encourage terrorism," Katz said.
Ha'aretz, covering the same story in a report filed at 22:10 and modified at 23:53, reports the upsurge of Arab terror attacks in recent months, listing the folowing:
1. In March, two Israel Police officers were shot dead by Palestinians while on patrol near the village of Masu'a, in northern Samaria.
2. In January, a 34-year-old resident of the Samarian community of Kokháv HasháHar was seriously wounded when a gunman opened fire on his car on the highway near the village.
Just in at 05:20, 13 August: Al-Aqsa Brigades, terrorists associated with el-FataH, the supposed "legitimate" representatives of the "Palestinian" people – Israel's "peace partners" – claimed resopnsibility for this shooting attack, according to a newsflash from 'Arutz Sheva.
Dreams of peace will have to be deferred while we cope with the realities of war in Judea and Samaria.