Military brief circulated among Judea and Samaria (West Bank) sector regiments outlines IDF planned course of action for soldiers taking part in removal, eviction of illegal outposts. IDF spokesman: Brief does not indicate eviction plans
The tensions in the Israel south continue but the IDF has not made them its sole focus: Ynet has learned Sunday that last week, the regiments operating in the Judea and Samaria sector received an IDF brief on the removal of illegal outposts. The brief detailed a list of actions that should be taken when evicting an illegal outpost. Among the items listed in the brief: Erecting observation points, calling in police and Border Guard forces, placing various obstructions in order to isolate locations and block the path of those wishing to settle there, as well as dividing the area into sectors and posts.
The brief elicited an angry reaction among settlers who claim that at a time when security forces are busy managing the southern front, military officials still managed to find the time to distribute a brief dealing with the removal of illegal outposts. In the past, settlers published similar IDF briefs, also dealing with the military's preparations for these types of situations on the "Jewish Voice" website. Samaria Settlers' Committee Chairman Benny Katzover said in response: "It is very sad to the IDF forced to spend time, resources and preparation for confronting pioneering Jews when our enemies raise their heads and remind us time and again that hurting the pioneers of Gush Katif brought about the wave of extensive terror in the south. I call on the State's leaders to aid Jewish settlement and fight Arab terror and not vice versa." A week ago a number of structures were removed from the Ramat Migron illegal outpost. A soldier in the Kfir regiment who refused to take part in the activities was sentenced Tuesday to 20 days detention. The illegal outpost was previously evicted two months ago.
The IDF spokesman stated in response that: "The brief details the course of action for a force that chances upon an occurrence of an Israeli public disturbance. The IDF stresses that the orders in no way take away from the police's responsibility in dealing with these types of incidents. The brief does not indicate plans for any evictions."
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