Every week, Palestinians try to smuggle weapons or explosives through the crossings in Judea and Samaria. The soldiers at these crossings are in a bind: the person in front of them could be innocently seeking entry into Israel, or they could be perpetrating the next terror attack.
Two soldiers, Cpl. Stav and Cpl. Mercedes, helped thwart another attack at the Kalandia crossing when they arrested terrorists bearing an illegal rifle last week (May 7th). Today they’ll share with us their stories.
Cpl. Stav, 19 years old, was born in northern Israel. She enlisted to the IDF at the age of 18, like most Israelis, and was recruited to the Military Police Corps. Last week she caught a Palestinian man trying to smuggle a gun past the crossing. She emphasizes that the most important part of her day-to-day work is to help the people in the crossings as much as possible, but adds:
“This isn’t the first time I’ve caught Palestinians suspected of threatening Israeli citizens… despite the hardships, I’m very proud of my job.”
Cpl. Mercedes, 20 years old, didn’t want to serve at the crossings at first, but gradually realized how important her role was to Israel’s security. At present, even though sometimes exhausted by the work, she is satisfied. Last week, she played a vital role in arresting the suspects when she alerted the rest of the soldiers at the crossing that a suspect was armed.
In April of 2012 alone, there were over 60 attempted terror attacks: 54 Molotov cocktails, 2 explosives devices, 2 stabbings incidents and 2 incidents of live fire at Israeils.
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