Police suspect a crime family of torching two cranes worth millions of shekels in the course of a dispute between two competing companies. The police opened a special investigation to look into the incident.
According to the allegations, four masked men beat the security guard in a parking lot in Kibbutz Einat and then burned the cranes, which belonged to the Ribal company. One of the cranes in question - the only one of its kind in Israel - had only recently arrived in the country to compete with a similar model from a rival company.
Since the cranes' arrival, the owners of the company, as well as their families, had been receiving death threats. Many customers had also been threatened not to use the new equipment.
The CEO of Ribal said the company "took the threats very seriously."