Israeli Indicted for Attempting to Enter Gaza

A barbed wire fence on Zikim beach, near the border with the northern Gaza Strip. (Corinna Kern/Flash90)

A 22-year old Israeli was indicted after he tried to enter Gaza last Wednesday. An IDF unit prevented him from crossing the border after a soldier in a watchtower observed him coming within a few meters of the border fence.

The indictment charges that the Israeli, a resident of Rechovot, attempted to enter Gaza carrying two large knives. He traveled to the Israeli town of Netiv Ha’asarah, located near the Gaza border fence, and from there began walking toward the fence.

Soldiers caught him at about 3 a.m. just before he began climbing the fence to get into Gaza. They handed him over to police, who took him into custody and locked him up in a Sderot jail. He was sent for a psychiatric evaluation. Police asked that the indictment be handed down quickly in order to advance the judicial process against him. His motives were not disclosed.