Speak to any elderly Israeli, and one of the first things they will say regarding how the country has changed over the decades is that there has been an increase in crime. We used to leave our doors open, they are likely to say, before going on to discuss the numerous locks they have installed now.
But there are some valuables you just can’t lock away.
Criminals today are out to steal the country’s past — they are robbing archaeological remains. It emerged this week that four men were arrested for allegedly trying to rob an archaeological site near Beit Shemesh, which has artifacts dating back 3,000 years. They are expected to be indicted soon.