Arab Driving 16 Illegal Aliens Kills 3 Jews at Junction

Arabs hold 13% of Israel's drivers' licenses - and are involved in 21% of the country's fatal accidents. The Arab who caused yesterday's deaths did not even have a driver's license.

Hillel Fendel , | updated: 10:08 AM

Genady Yaakobanko, 37, from Ashkelon, lost his wife, mother and good friend, and his son was critically injured, when a Bedouin driver went through a red light and crashed into their car. The accident occurred on Saturday evening, when the victims were on their way back from picking mushrooms near Kiryat Gat. The Yaakobanko couple immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union over a decade ago.

One of the illegal Arabs later said that he didn't know exactly what happened, but "I think we went through a red light." All of the Arab passengers, who were treated for their injuries in Ashkelon's Barzilai Hospital, are residents of the village Dura, south of Hevron. The driver lives in Yata, a hostile village in the same area, and is being treated for his moderate-to-serious injuries in Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva. He is also under arrest.

Police statistics from May 2005 show that while Israeli-Arabs hold 13% of Israel's drivers' licenses, they are involved in 21% of the fatal traffic accidents in the country.

MK Gilad Erdan (Likud), head of the Knesset Forum for the War Against Traffic Carnage, said today that the crime of running a red light is no longer considered one that requires the offender to appear in court; the driver can rather choose to pay a fine of 1,000 shekels instead.

Erdan said that the punishments for traffic offenders must be intensified. He said that legislation was being considered to punish three-time offenders of the three traffic crimes considered to be the most serious by suspending their drivers' licenses for life.

MK Eli Gabbai (National Religious Party), recently met, together with other MKs, with Public Security Minister Avi Dichter and discussed with him the increasing Bedouin crime and violence in the Negev. Gabbai told Arutz-7 today that though he does not have precise statistics, he agrees with the impression that Bedouin are involved in many of the fatal traffic accidents in the Negev. He said he would issue a Knesset query to Transportation Minister Sha'ul Mofaz on the matter.