The IDF expects the current wave of terrorist attacks, including rock-throwing and firebombings, to continue “in the coming weeks.” In a letter obtained by The JewishPress.com and sent by a brigade commander to residents under his command in Judea and Samaria, he wrote:
The challenge we face is not a short-term issue and from what I know, it will continue in the coming weeks with the understanding that there are many factors that influence the security situation.
The IDF, Border Police, police and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and civilian security forces continue to work night and day to return to residents a sense of security. The army has significantly beefed up patrols and guard posts on Highway 60, the major artery linking northern Samaria with Gush Etzion, Kiryat Arba-Hebron and the southern Hebron Hills. The brigade commander also wrote:
I promise we will get through this period and, God willing, return security and the feeling of security.
However, government policy is another matter. Residents of Judea and Samaria have lived for years with the same cycle of calm and violence. The calm is maintained when a large number of soldiers patrol the highways. Then, the United States and European Union work on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and demand that Israel “boost the popularity” of Mahmoud Abbas and reduce the presence of soldiers,. The next step is another escalation of violence that gives Abbas another chance to complain that the IDF is interfering with the daily life of Arabs by patrolling the roads and setting up checkpoints.
(JNi.media) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday will convene the Security Cabinet to approve his campaign against stone and Molotov cocktail throwers. The Prime Minister’s Office statement said that the program would include three main measures: changing the rules of engagement, the imposition of minimum sentences on stone and Molotov cocktail throwers, and the imposition of heavy fines on the parents of minors caught throwing stones and Molotov cocktails. Nonpayment of the fines will lead to the denial of social security benefits.
Regarding the vehement objections of Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to the changes in the rules of engagement, which come down to employing police snipers to fire live bullets at rioters, the Prime Minister’s Office said that Netanyahu is determined to deliver his plan to the cabinet, followed by a speedy enactment into a law. The Prime Minister made it clear that he would not heed the AG’s ruling.
According to Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, at this point, the responsibility for the safety of Israeli civilians against Arab rioters has fallen on the legislature. She said the Prosecution has already issued charges in anticipation of the new, stricter policy, adding that she saw no point in making the changes temporary, to deal only with the current crisis of violent riots in Jerusalem and elsewhere—she intends to submit a law with a three-year sunset.
According to Shaked, “If a child is caught and is under the age of criminal responsibility, the parents must deposit a collateral sum, guaranteeing that the minor not return to rioting for a year. The money would be returned in a year if the minor’s record remains unblemished. Otherwise, the money would be confiscated. There will be other financial penalties, all intended to force parents to take responsibility for their terrorist minors.
“The riots in Jerusalem are part of the wild anti-Semitic Incitement by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas,” Shaked said. “They literally spread blood libels and lies to serve their political ends. Until that does not stop, the riots won’t stop. But with heavy financial punishment in the neighborhoods we can reduce this phenomenon.”
The army soon may be allowed to act like an army and actually fire at terrorists even if soldiers might only be liable to be wounded and not killed.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Security Cabinet Wednesday morning that there will be a re-examination of a recent decision to prohibit soldiers from shooting at rock-throwing and firebombing terrorists unless their lives are in immediate danger.
Since the legal system is finding it difficult to deal with stone-throwing by minors, changing open-fire orders regarding the throwing of stones and firebombs will be examined, as will be the imposition – by law – of minimum sentences for those who throw stones and firebombs.
Stiffer sentences, including several years in prison, for rock-throwers already are on the agenda following an imitative by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.
The issue of minors throwing rocks, intended to kill Israeli drivers either with a direct hit in the face or by causing them to lose control of their vehicles and crash, was highlighted around the world earlier this week with the video of a Palestinian Authority family whose children are “stars” in rock-throwing attacks on soldiers, whose reactions are filmed and edited to portray the children as innocent victims of a big bad army.
The video showed the children and adults punching and beating the soldier, who sat helpless and without even aiming his semi-automatic rifle at them.
Prime Minister Netanyahu did not refer to the most recent “Pallywood” video and instead focused on the increasing number of attacks on Highway 443, the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway that is an alternate to Highway 1 and which also connects the capital with the suburban city of Modi’in.
He told the Security Cabinet:
The policy is zero tolerance for stone-throwing and zero tolerance for terrorism.
That has been said over and over, but the government and military actually have shown 100% tolerance by tying the hands of soldiers trying to defend themselves and civilians.
One young woman told TheJewishPress.com she still is traumatized by an ambush on a vehicle in which she was riding on Highway 60 between Jerusalem and Gush Etzion.
“S. B.” said”
Arabs smashed the back windshield and ambushed our car. An IDF officer at the scene communicated with his superior, who told him not shoot. The officer replied, ‘How am I supposed to defend civilians if I can’t shoot?’
The IDF’s answer earlier this month was not encouraging and was so cowardly that even international media such as Newsweek reported:
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has tightened its rules of engagement for soldiers based in the West Bank in a move one analyst says could embolden would-be Palestinian attackers.
IDF soldiers have been instructed not to shoot at Palestinian suspects unless they pose an immediate threat to life in an updated directive issued by Major General Roni Numa, who is in charge of IDF Central Command….
The new directive clarifies existing IDF rules on opening fire against Palestinians. The rules stipulate that soldiers can only shoot when their lives are threatened—so if an attacker throws a firebomb at soldiers before running away, for example, the soldiers can only shoot in the air, as the attacker no longer poses a threat to forces.
Asaf Day, an Israeli security analyst with Tel Aviv-based consultancy Max Security…said, ‘I think [these measures] will encourage Palestinians to carry out more attacks and I think it has been proven in the past.”
That is exactly what has happened, and the Prime Minister gave clear signs today he will rectify the situation.
He also ordered the examination of several defensive measures, such as increasing lighting and the number of security cameras on Highway 443. In addition, two more Border Police companies and approximately 400 more police officers will be stationed in Jerusalem.
That does not solve the problem in Judea and Samaria, where rock-throwing attacks are so common that they no longer are reported by most media, unless someone is seriously injured or killed. That is similar to the rocket attacks from Gaza. If they “land,” meaning “explode,” in “open areas,” the liberal media might consider it important enough for two paragraphs.
The “turn the other cheek for the sake of ‘peace'” mentality that successive U.S. governments and the European Union have imposed on Israel still prevails in many quarters.
As usual, it takes more violence and injures before the government and the IDF begins to think that maybe, just maybe, soldiers should be allowed to shoot at terrorists, whether they are shooting bullets or throwing rocks.
Netanyahu took the first step today by suggesting that perhaps solders can shoot, even if rocks and firebombs might cause them injuries and not death.
Below the photo, a video shows Palestinian children, starring Shirley Temper.
(JNi.Media) Three people were injured Monday night from a Molotov cocktail that was thrown at their vehicles on Route 20 in the direction of Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem.
A 27-year-old woman was seriously wounded and two others were only slightly wounded. Police and Border Guard forces started searching for the attacker. Fire fighting teams extinguished the two vehicles.
The young woman was evacuated by MDA paramedics to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center with 25% 2nd and 3rd degree burns all over her body. She was fully conscious and in stable condition. The young woman’s husband managed to escape from the vehicle unharmed.
The vehicle, which was completely burned, rolled down the road and hit an oncoming vehicle driven by a 20-year-old man who was slightly injured. He was evacuated to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
Another 20-year-old man suffered from burns in his hands and from smoke inhalation after trying to put out the burning vehicles with a fire extinguisher.
“The attack near Beit Hanina this evening” should remind us that “the exception is Jews who attack Arabs and the routine is Arab terrorism against Jews,” said Israel Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman in response to the incident. “Every terrorist, no matter from which side, should be handled forcefully, but we must remember what is the real threat against us and that we must invest our full resources in protecting the Jews in the Land of Israel. ”
The Zionist Camp (Labor) party also issued a statement after the attack: “We must not let terrorism raise its head anywhere. This is a serious incident and whoever dares to harm a citizen of Israel should know that Israel would pursue him with all her might.”
“It is unacceptable that civilians will be afraid to drive in Jerusalem, and we are convinced that the security forces will not let go until they catch the terrorists.”
If you wish to pray for the health of the wounded young woman, her name is Inbar Esther bat Hannah Priva.