After 5 or 6 hours in the checkpoint, suddenly an ambulance appeared
I served as a Border Police combatant between 2002-2005, as the Second Intifada was storming in Israel. During that period suicide bombers blew themselves up in coffee shops, restaurants and buses, sometimes even 2 or 3 times a week. These were horrible times.
I remember one incident, when I was in a checkpoint outside of Hebron. After 5 or 6 hours in the checkpoint, suddenly an ambulance appeared, inside it lay a pregnant Palestinian woman crying and shouting in Arabic. I did not fully understand what she said, but I understood I need to clear this ambulance as fast as I can. On the other hand, I knew that terrorists constantly use women, children, disabled people and ambulances to carry out their attacks. I decided to thoroughly examine everyone on the ambulance, including the pregnant woman. During the inspection we found an explosive device under one of the seats. At that moment I knew that had I let the ambulance cross toward Israel unchecked, it would have arrived at Haifa, Netanya, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem… only god knows what might have happened and how many innocent Israelis would have lost their lives. Until this day I do not know if that Palestinian woman knew she was cooperating with the terrorist organizations, in many cases those civilians did not know they were being used.
The thought of using an ambulance, a vehicle meant to save people’s lives, to perform a terror attack, is inconceivable. I wish not to believe these are the ways the terrorists act. Sometimes I think, that it is as if while we, the IDF, are playing by chess rules, they play soccer and you simply can’t win such a game.