Car thieves crash into Ben Gurion airport
posted at 7:43 am on September 3, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Call this the worst wrong turn of the year. Two car thieves stole a truck in Beit Dagan and tried to get away from law enforcement. Instead, they ended up in one of the most secure facilities in Israel — and they didn’t arrive quietly:
Two Palestinians in a speeding truck penetrated the first security barrier at Ben Gurion International Airport overnight Monday, prompting the initiation of emergency protocol and shutting down the airport for an hour.
Additional roadblocks were immediately deployed and, when the truck breached a second barrier — nearly hitting the guard stationed there — security personnel shot at the truck, eventually causing it to stop. The two Palestinian men were ordered out of the vehicle and arrested.
During an interrogation, the men, who hail from the West Bank cities of Jenin and Qalqilya, claimed that they were car thieves, and that they had just stolen the truck in the nearby town of Beit Dagan. They said that they entered the airport road by accident and panicked when they saw the Israeli security personnel.
A police sapper dispatched to the scene found no explosives on the truck or any other suspicious cargo.
Having passed through it on a couple of trips, I can assure you that Ben Gurion Airport is the last place a couple of car thieves would want to end up. Car thieves aren’t notorious for their analytical skills anyway, but these two take the grand prize.