Knesset Aims to "Dry Up" West Bank Chop Shops
July 18th, 2007 6:22 PM Share
Ynet,com reports that 90 percent of vehicles stolen in Israel are taken to the West Bank, where they're dismantled and used as spare parts for garages serving… Israeli clients. To drop the hammer on the chops shops, MK Moshe Kahlon (Likud) is introducing a bill that makes it a crime for Israeli citizens to service their cars across the "Green Line." Why punish Israelis with a three-year jail sentence instead of going after illegal parts trade? We're thinking it's a blend of politics and practicality. MK Kahlon summarized the latter justification most eloquently: "Our goal is not to fight the flies, but to dry out the swamp. Once we reach a stage in which they don't have customers, they won't have to steal cars in order to obtain spare parts."
Published July 18th, 2007 11:28 AM