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January 31, 2015 / 11 Shevat, 5775
 
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Gaza Belt Communities Fear Lack of Security, IDF Pullout

Gaza Belt residents are convinced it is way too early for the IDF to pull troops out from their communities.
IDF map of terrorist tunnels that were found near Israeli communities near the Gaza border, identified and mapped. July 27, 2014. These were destroyed by the IDF. Residents fear there are more that have yet to be uncovered.

IDF map of terrorist tunnels that were found near Israeli communities near the Gaza border, identified and mapped. July 27, 2014. These were destroyed by the IDF. Residents fear there are more that have yet to be uncovered.
Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

Residents of Gaza Belt communities were furious on the first day of school, Monday morning (Sept. 1), when they woke to find no one at the guard posts.

“Once again, I arrived at the moshav and found no one in the guarding posts,” Yifat Ben Shoshan, a resident from the community of Netiv Ha’Asara, told media. “Only a week ago you couldn’t come near the place because of the threat from Gaza – it was a closed military zone. Now it’s less than a week since the cease-fire started and they’re already pulling out soldiers.

The government is acting as if we’re already at peace and nothing has happened here. This cannot be ignored,” she said.

The chairperson of the residents’ committee in the moshav, Penina Rogolski, said she could not understand why the soldiers disappeared. “We’re trying to find out with army officials who gave the order and why this decision was made. I don’t understand what happened to the promises we received,” she said. “As far as we know, the situation and threats haven’t changed. We want answers.”

A number of terror tunnels leading to the moshav, which is located quite close to the border with Gaza, were uncovered during Operation Protective Edge and deadly battles were fought with the terrorists who emerged from the shafts the seemed to appear from nowhere. Some of those tunnels led directly to the communities. The residents are deeply concerned about sending their children to school in the area without active security around them, believing that not all of the tunnels have yet been uncovered and also not convinced that the current cease-fire will hold.

Similar concerns were expressed by residents of Kfar Aza, Yad Mordechai and Mefalsim.

The IDF Spokesman responded, “A Givati Brigade force is in Netiv Ha’Asaara for protection and guarding missions. Deploying the troops inside the community is done in accordance with operational considerations and situational assessments.”

According to the IDF, troops have been deployed between the Gaza border and the communities. In addition, undercover operations are in place protecting the area, the IDF said.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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4 Responses to “Gaza Belt Communities Fear Lack of Security, IDF Pullout”

  1. palestinians are so stupid they voted in hamas that uses them as human shields duuuuuhhhhh sincerely super jew

  2. It is quite often unbelievable how many times people will support a person or group that will cause them nothing but Harm. Take for example the Support the leader of Canada gets from a few Jewish groups He talks a good game but that is pretty well al he does is talk . Compare what his actions are and most western Countries do more for Israel than Harper does. Most of the programs that Canada has to help Israel were created before Harper came to power.
    Harpers first major foreign deed was to pull Canada out of Afghanistan.

  3. I don’t blame them at all. One good thing that came out of this war as compared to the first two was all of Israel got a taste of what you in the south of Israel have been going through for years. But, Bibi has once again screwed you guys over. Shame on him for that.

  4. Kim Sloan says:

    LOL too bad for them.

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