Channel 2 News confirms that timeline that has many asking “What took police and other authorities so long to act?”
The emergency dispatcher received the cell phone call at 22:25 stating “we were abducted” and then the call was cut off. A police patrol was dispatched to Alon Shvut Junction in Gush Katif, arriving only an hour later. The patrol reported it did not find anything odd and that was it until between at least 04:00 in the morning, hours after the kidnapping, that things began to move.
Walla News reports that Shaar and Frenkel left their yeshiva in Kibbutz Kfar Etzion at 22:00. They notified their parents that they are on their way home to Talmon and Nof Ayalon and that they are trying to hitchhike in the direction of Beit Shemesh. At 21:40 Yifrach spoke with a friend and told him that he is waiting for a ride to his home in Elad.
At 03:00 the father of one of the boys arrived in a police station and reported they lost touch with Shaar and Frenkel and fears something has occurred. A command center was set up but the IDF did not receive the information until about 04:00. Shai (Shomron-Yehuda) police received information from yeshiva officials and one of the parents phoned to file a report. Only during the early morning hours was the disappearance of the youths treated as a kidnapping.
The critical hours immediately following the kidnapping were lost as officials did not properly address the information received from different sources.
Channel 2 News reports that police responded to accusations of failing to act in a timely fashion, stating “The information is passed to the ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet) and the IDF to act”.
It is feared that during this time period the terrorists may have had ample opportunity to transport the hostages to Gaza, Sinai or elsewhere.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)