Police Investigate Possible Gush Etzion Attempted Car-Ramming Attack


Police are investigating an incident in which an Arab driver reportedly tried to run down an Israeli woman at a bus stop in Gush Etzion on Friday. The woman told police that a large white van approached the sidewalk as she waited at the bus stop. She dropped back, and the van veered away. Police are searching for the van.

Also Friday, police in Be’er Sheva arrested an Arab who is suspected of planning to carry out a terror attack at the city’s central bus station. The suspect was arrested near the bus station, carrying items that he planned to use in the attack, police said.

Meanwhile, on Friday afternoon, Arabs from the village of Nabi Elias in central Shomron were protesting the construction of a new road that would divert traffic that currently passes through their village on Road 55. The road, between Kfar Sava and Shechem, serves Israeli towns in the Karnei Shomron settlement bloc and Kedumim.

Currently, the road passes through the village, where many businesses serve the Jewish population that shops there. With the new road, traffic from the bloc will be diverted to a bypass road, and business owners fear they will lose a large percentage of their income. The Civil Authority is also planning to use eminent domain to seize some of the farmland in the area to build the road. Nebi Elias is in Area C, which is under Israeli civil and military control.