Police received rumors that Moskovich had been kidnapped. However, police did not rush to accept that version of events.
A leaflet released by the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Fatah's military wing, was signed by an unknown spokesman, Abu Fuad, claiming that that the organization was holding a 62 year-old Rishon Lezion resident. No further details were released.
The leaflet may be a cynical attempt to exploit sensitivities in Israel following the kidnapping of Corporal Gilad Shalit and Itamar resident Eliyahu Asheri.
Moskovich's family reported his disappearance two days ago, after he left the Yad Sarah Center in the city and did not come home.
Moskovich himself, police said, was unhealthy and had suffered a stroke in the past. Police are looking into the possibility that he lost his way.
No chances taken
He usually carries a note bearing his name and address in order to avoid such situations. Worried family members said that "he has never been gone for this long."
They also said he does not carry a mobile phone and that it was therefore difficult to trace his most recent movements.
Following the sensitive situation, Rison Lezion Police decided not to take any chances, and have launched wide searches for Moskovich. Rishon Lezion police commander held a meeting of top officers in the station in order to carry out special preparations for the searches.
News agencies contributed to the report