“An IDF [Israel Defense Forces] source said that Fishbein’s U.S. citizenship had saved his life since the ‘last thing the Palestinians want is to open a new front against the Americans.’  Had the kidnappers succeeded in abducting an Israeli national the outcome, the source said, would have been very different. “Their decision to release him was because they didn’t want to deal with the hot potato otherwise known as the US.”
from a Jerusalem Post article on the release of an American college student who had been kidnapped last week in the West Bank by terrorists from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.