The residents of Betar Illit have grown used to encountering oil spots on the steeply inclined road that descends toward their town from the Tunnel Road. They lay the blame squarely on their Arab neighbors, who want to terrorize them.
The accidents that do not fail to take place due to the oily patches are reported in the local newspaper but nowhere else.
Yitzchak Hochman, whose wife lost control of her car last Saturday evening, told Arutz Sheva’s Hebrew-language service about the
“My wife drove down the road on Motzaei Shabbat,” he recounted. “It was 11:00 or 11:30 P.M.. To her left she saw a military jeep next to an overturned vehicle. She slowed down, as did the car in front of her. Then they hit the oil. The first vehicle slightly lost control and my wife’s car rear-ended him.”
Hochman and his wife called the military hotline and asked it to announce a stoppage of traffic at the site in order to avoid more accidents. The hotline was unaware of the incident and took his details. He was advised to demand compensation from the authorities for the damage caused to his car.
Police at Betar Illit, however, were less cooperative. A policeman said the incident was a regular accident and should be handled by Hochman’s insurance company.
Spilling oil on an incline used by Jews is another way of making them lose control of their cars. However, the way most favored by the Arabs of Judea and Samaria is to hurl rocks at the drivers
. The leftist Be'Tselem
organization writes that Israel is too harsh with rock-throwing youth.