The passenger had forgotten the cash in Bnei Brak, a city near Tel Aviv dominated by ultra-Orthodox Jews.
“The Tel Aviv police received the amount of $10,000 from an Arab bus driver from the area of Beit Hanina in east Jerusalem,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.
“One of the passengers had left it on the bus.”
The driver for the private company, 35-year-old Ramadan Jamjoum, told AFP the money was in a bundle that had fallen.
“I tried to tell him but he didn’t hear me as he was on the phone, but afterwards I informed the company and submitted the money.”
He said the cash “did not tempt him” as “it is my duty morally and religiously, and to my God and my work, to return the money.”
The money found its way back to its owner after the police station’s lost-and-found officer, Sgt. Maj. Nissan Dayan, sent a notice of the find to a local Bnei Brak paper.
A notice ran on Tuesday morning, telling residents that “a very large amount of money” was “forgotten by a ultra-Orthodox passenger who traveled from Jerusalem to Bnei Brak on line 422 on Wednesday night,” and had “not yet been claimed.”
Within hours, a man from Bnei Brak called the station and gave officers accurate details identifying the rubber band-bound wad of cash.
Jamjoum did not receive any reward apart from a certificate of thanks from his company.