Photo Credit: Gershon Elinson/FLASh90
IDF Etzion brigade commander Col. Yaniv Alalouf (with Jewish men who fought in Gush Etzion in 1948).
IDF Etzion brigade commander Col. Yaniv Alalouf (with Jewish men who fought in Gush Etzion in 1948).

We’re not doing this because we’re afraid. We’re doing it because the operational reality of a road running inside [an Arab] village creates challenges which inevitably require our daily responses. And, still, in order that I fail in my mission, all it takes are 20 seconds out of a 24 hour period, in which a stone is thrown.

By the way, this causes my own stomach to turn, too. When this happens near us, we experience a feeling of real failure, that we haven’t been able to prevent this one rock.

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Our longer term response—meaning a year to a year and a half—we must complete this new road. That’s the first item. The second item is to increase the number of soldiers on this road.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. BULL! Send in troops and resolve the issue on the ground. There are plenty of pictures of who the rock throwers are. Capture them. This is an obama-style surrender move.

  2. Oh….and the terrorists won't be able to arrive to the new bypass road? I'm shaking my head in disbelief. I honor our young men and women who put their lives on the line every day in defense of our country; but the IDF leadership…..where is the real IDF?

  3. no reason to build a road to bypass arab villages shooting Israeli. Go with armed vehicles, shoot with live ammunition. Destroy the houses and other places of cover near the road. send some test vehicles through. If there is any arab fire, destroy the area.
    from which it came and kill any terrorists that are found. That will show that Israel means business. Appeasement and building protected roads will not end the problem.

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