I have evidently left some confusion as to the ransom and rescue process involved in yesterday's abduction.
1. Esther and Sarah really were in Haifa for the opening of the Haifa Hillel.
2. Rabbi Samuels knew I was getting out of the van to get in a cab to meet them. And they were thankfully (on my part) stuck at a very long ceremony and were therefore still around when I got there.
3. As it is Israeli policy not to negotiate, there was no ransom paid.
4. The falafel was not good, but excellent.
On a completely unrelated note - I'm going up North for the next four days, probably without internet. I'm sure there will be all sorts of stories to relate when I get back.