I SPOTTED A STRANGE BUSH — UNDER IT WERE THE BODIES
DESPITE the huge military search operation, it was civilian volunteers who made the final breakthrough and found the teenagers’ bodies.
Hovav Landau, a kibbutznik from northern Israel, went out with four other volunteers and soldiers on Monday and spotted a bush that looked as if it had been moved. The give-away, Mr Landau said, was that the colour of the leaves indicated that the bush had been tampered with — and indeed the bodies were there. They quickly called in a forensics team.
“On the one hand it was very sad and your heart is breaking, but on the other hand you feel a bit relieved that this uncertainty of the families is over and their suffering may be a little bit less because they know with certainty that they will get the bodies,” he said.
Mr Landau, whose job is setting up bicycle trails, said that his group’s strategy was “simple. We didn’t rely on army and Shin Bet intelligence — we took a blank piece of paper and started thinking in terms of geography and topography where we would go if we were the terrorists.”