Niv Asraf, the IDF soldier who faked his own kidnapping.
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MK Nissan Slomiansky (Bayit Yehudi) has submitted legislation that seeks to fine false-alarm callers to emergency numbers, after last week’s incident in which a Beersheba man faked his own abduction in Judea following a breakup.
Slomiansky proposed a similar bill last year, after three teenagers were kidnapped in Gush Etzion and murdered. One of the teens managed to make a brief emergency call, which was not taken seriously. The proposal passed a preliminary vote in November, before the Knesset was dispersed.
“[Last week’s] bizarre event prove once again the real need to promote the bill I proposed that states that a false-alarm call to emergency and rescue numbers such as police, Magen David Adom and firefighters will be considered a crime with a NIS 14,400 fine, and that a call that is intentionally meant to disrupt emergency responders’ work will incur a NIS 75,300 fine,” Slomiansky said.
Niv Asraf spent Seder night in a Jerusalem jail after faking his own kidnapping in an attempt to win back an ex-girlfriend. He and an accomplice, Eran Nagaukar, drove to Judea, and the latter called police saying they had a flat tire and Asraf went to look for help and never came back. He was found alive and well near Kiryat Arba at around 12:30 a.m., with a sleeping bag and canned food.
Asraf’s actions may have cost the state as much as a million shekels, as about 3,000 soldiers helped search for him for more than eight hours and helicopters were used. Police plans to pursue criminal charges against both men.
MK Revital Swed (Zionist Union), an attorney by profession, plans to demand that the Knesset Law, Constitution and Justice Committee hold a meeting to discuss improper use of security personnel and promote a bill in cooperation with all factions to fine those at fault.
“We should not make light of the ‘abduction’ that didn’t happen,” Swed said on Sunday. “We must put those who behave like this on trial.”
Swed pointed out that Asraf and Nagaukar could be investigated, arrested and indicted for falsifying evidence, obstruction of justice, false testimony and other crimes, but said that is not enough and they should pay damages for the many resources used for no reason.
“We must ensure, as much as possible, that when forces are called up because of concerns of a terrorist attack, abduction or any other concern for human life, they will be called as quickly as possible, with no hesitation, and without having to check whether the complaint is true or not, which could bring to the loss of valuable time and human life,” she said.