Earlier this morning, Arabs hurled rocks at an Israeli bus passing by an Arab village located along Highway 60 in Samaria, 0404 News reported. The bus was reportedly passing a school in the Arab village of Luban Ash-Sharqiya near the Jewish community of Maale Levona, when it was hit by rocks. Hatzalah (a paramedical organization) of Judea and Samaria reported that no one was injured in the rock attack, but that the window of the bus was shattered. Highway 60 is the busiest road in the Judea region of Israel and extends north to areas throughout the Samaria region. Throughout the past few years there have been scores of Israeli drivers that have had rocks, stones and even Molotov cocktails thrown at their cars along the road.
Over the last few weeks, a number of prominent officials from Judea and Samaria, among them the Head of the Samaria Regional Council Yossi Dagan, have aggressively lobbied the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) to approve an expedited budget allocation for the creation of bypass roads in Judea and Samaria. Unfortunately the main highways of Judea and Samaria are dangerous for the Jewish residents travelling on them due to frequent rock-throwing incidents by local Arabs and other acts of aggression perpetrated along the main highways that are shared between the Jewish and Arab communities.
Last night, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) thwarted a terror attack at the Tzofim Checkpoint in Samaria. After inspecting a PA resident who was behaving in a suspicious manner, a knife was found on him. The suspect was arrested and interrogated at the scene.