Fearing that Palestinian terror groups are more motivated than ever to abduct
soldiers, the IDF launched a media campaign on Sunday aimed at preventing
soldiers from hitchhiking throughout the country.
Under the slogan,
“Don’t catch a hike. The hike might catch you,” the IDF’s campaign will appear
on billboards at train and bus stations and on popular Internet
“The goal is to raise the awareness of the soldiers and their
families to change the way soldiers travel,” IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav
Mordechai said on Sunday.
In 2011, the IDF recorded around 20 attempts to
kidnap soldiers in the West Bank and Israel. Senior officers have said that the
increase in motivation was connected to the Gilad Schalit prisoner swap in
The IDF set up a website for the campaign: www.notremp.co.il –
“tremp” is Hebrew for “hitchhike.”
The website features a movie of a
kidnapped soldier reading his abductors’ demands to release all of the “freedom
fighters” in Israeli prisons. At the end, the soldier says: “Sorry
In January, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) arrested 10
high-ranking Islamic Jihad terrorists in the West Bank who were planning a
series of attacks against Israel, including the abduction of an IDF
In April, the security agency revealed that a Palestinian
released to the Gaza Strip in the Schalit deal had passed on information to
relatives in the West Bank with instructions how to kidnap a
“This is a real threat that needs to be taken more seriously,” a
senior officer said on Sunday.
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