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Bennett Wants Jerusalem to Be ‘Occupied’ with IDF Soldiers

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett said Wednesday that the IDF should deploy soldiers throughout eastern Jerusalem and weed out terrorists.

The Jerusalem police commissioner rejected the idea and said that his forces can do very well without soldiers turning the capital into an armed camp.

Bennett, feeding on fear, said the military should duplicate its 2002 Operation Defensive Shield, when soldiers struck into nests of terror in Jenin and other beds of terror throughout Judea and Samaria.

“Go in with Border Police forces, carry out arrests, set up intelligence channels and stay there on a permanent basis, not just when there’s a terror attack,” the Minister of Economy added.

Bennett said that guards at shopping centers, synagogues and schools are aimed at a specific would-be killers but that the army could “go to the source.”

Police Operations Chief Aharon Aksol rejected Bennett’s shoot-from-the-hip idea.

“The police can deal with the situation with its own forces,” he told Israel Radio.

So far, the police have shown themselves far from able to do so, but that has partly been due to a policy of virtually abandoning hotspots in Arab neighborhoods unless the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) is involved. Murders and attempted murders of Jews by Arabs the past several weeks have forced the police to start working they way they should.

Aksol still is looking for an easy way out by blaming Knesset Members for “inciting” Arabs by visiting the Temple Mount, but Bennett’s brainstorm would inflame Arabs even more by making eastern Jerusalem Arabs stare in the faces of soldiers.

Bennett would be doing the Palestinian Authority a big favor by showing the world that Jerusalem is under “occupation?”

It would show that eastern Jerusalem, which has been under Israeli sovereignty for more than three decades, is just like Judea and Samaria, which legally is under military rule.

Deploying troops in Jerusalem would expose Israel as not being able to govern. It is not like Missouri calling in the national Guard to quell riots.

And what if troops marching through the capital would eliminate terror? Who cares if it boils Arab blood?

Bennett should know very well that sending in the troops would weaken Israel.

Israel has the Shin Bet to root out terror. It needs to do a better job and probably could have prevented Tuesday’s barbarism if it had placed the murderers, cousins with a record of terror, under surveillance.

But deploying soldiers in the streets of Jerusalem also would weaken Israel on the fronts where soldiers are mostly needed – Gaza, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria.

Bennett’s scheme grabbed headlines. Maybe it won him a few more supporters.

It did not win him any points for common sense.

Update: IDF Officer Lost Fingers in Shooting Attack

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

On November 17th, JewishPress.com reported on an IDF officer who lost part of his finger in a fireworks attack, during an Arab riot in A-Ram, which is just north-east of Jerusalem.

The IDF now reports that following an investigation of the incident, they discovered that the officer was in fact shot at 3 or 4 times with live bullets, and he lost part of his finger as a result of being hit by one of the bullets and not by fireworks as they originally thought.

 

 

IDF Officer Loses Finger in Arab Fireworks Attack

Monday, November 17th, 2014

An IDF officer (22) was transported to Hadassah Ein Karen hospital on Monday after partially losing a finger (or two) in an Arab terrorist’s fireworks attack just after 5 PM.

In the same attack, Arabs rioters threw stones and firebombs at IDF forces near A-Ram’s “Taxi Square”, which is near Ramallah.

IDF forces responded with anti-riot weapons.

IDF, Shin Bet End 3-Day Spat

Friday, November 14th, 2014

While Israel is facing a third intifada and its security personnel are dealing with enemies from within and without, apparently they are squabbling among themselves as well.

It took the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the IDF three days to reconcile their differences in a spat over a claim the IDF ignored Shin Bet warnings in the summer about impending war.

On Friday, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Shin Bet director Yoram Cohen met to settle the dispute.

The IDF has vehemently denied claims by the Shin Bet that army brass ignored its warnings Hamas was preparing to launch a full-scale war against Israel in July.

Officials on both sides also emphasize that despite the dispute, which was public, both agencies maintained full joint cooperation.

“During the conversation, measures were agreed upon to further advance the cooperation between the two organizations on behalf of the security of the State of Israel,” said a joint statement issued by the two entities following the meeting.

Both were ordered by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to end the conflict.

“The cooperation between (the IDF and the Shin Bet) is a basic element of our national security,” said the prime minister in a statement on Thursday, Nov. 13. “This cooperation led to significant results on the battlefield during Operation Protective Edge. It saved many lives. Thus I, as a prime minister, am responsible for seeing to it that this cooperation continues, because the security of the citizens of Israel always comes before any disagreement.”

Police and Soldiers Find Suspected Car of Hit and Run Attempt

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Soldiers and police have found the vehicle fitting the description that Jewish residents of Neve Tzuf said tried to run them down at the entrance to the community of Nevi Tzuf in the Binyamin region of Samaria Thursday morning, as reported here earlier today.

The driver was arrested and is being interrogated by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet).

There has been no official determination of whether the driver intentionally tried to run into the Jewish pedestrians or whether it was a traffic mishap.

The youths said the driver tried to run into them, but a guard from the community aimed his rifle at the driver and he swerved away from them, and back onto the road.

 

 

Border Police Officer Arrested for Killing Arab Rioter

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

A Border Police officer has been arrested and is being arraigned in a Jerusalem court Wednesday morning on charges of killing a Palestinian Authority rioter near Ramallah on “Naqba” Day five months ago.

Two Arabs were killed in the riot, and media videos at the time did not show the source of the shooting that killed the 20-year-old man at the village of Betunia. The identity of the Border Police soldier has not been released.

The IDF at the time said that soldiers used rubber bullets, but a police investigation indicates that the arrested Border Police officer violated army orders and shot live bullets, one of which allegedly killed the rioter.

It is not clear if the video of the riot shows the Border Police officer shooting at the victim. A building appears to obscure the line of fire.

The arrest raises several issues. On one hand, it shows that Israel, perhaps more than any other country in the world, is secure and moral enough to investigate and prosecute soldiers and policemen who violate orders, even during a life-threatening riot.

On the other hand, it places the IDF Spokesman’s office in a bad light for having stated information that turned out to be incorrect.

In its defense, it can be said that army orders were that live fire not be used, but the arrest of the Border Police officer shows that it cannot always be assumed that everyone follows orders.

Another problem rests with policemen and soldiers, who often have to deal with rioters under strict limits when their lives are threatened.

IDF Gears Up to Protect Jews in Judea, Samaria

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The IDF has beefed up its security forces in Judea and Samaria.

Patrols are being tightened along the roads in the region. Forces training in other areas of the country, such as the Golan Heights, have been redeployed further south as well.

Although military sources said the moves do not indicate any change in the region’s security status, nevertheless IDF Central Command is clearly taking no more chances.

Defense leaders gathered at security meeting convened by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday night.

Among other decisions, Netanyahu ordered security personnel to demolish the homes of convicted Arab terrorists, as a deterrent measure.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Public Defense Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, Shin Bet Director Yoram Cohen, Israel Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino and Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein were all in attendance at the meeting.

The gathering convened in the wake of terror attacks in Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion just a few hours earlier that left two young Israelis dead and a number of other Israelis wounded.

One of the two victims, 26-year-old Dalia Lamkus of Tekoa, was laid to rest this morning (Tuesday, Nov. 11) at the cemetery in her community. She had survived a stabbing during prior terror attack in 2006.

The second victim, IDF Staff Sergeant Almog Shilony, age 20, is to be laid to rest this afternoon in a private ceremony at the military cemetery at Mount Herzl. His family has requested the media refrain from coverage.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-gears-up-to-protect-jews-in-judea-samaria/2014/11/11/

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