Army training for West Bank civilians as Palestinians push for UN recognitionBy Donald Macintyre in Jerusalem
Wednesday, 31 August 2011The Israeli military is to train Jewish settlers in the West Bank and plans to equip them with tear gas and stun grenades to confront Palestinian demonstrators when their leaders press for UN recognition next month.The enlistment of settlers, which has already opened with a training session for their local security officers, is part of the military's comprehensive "Operation Summer Seeds" for dealing with possible violence as the UN considers whether or not to recognise a Palestinian state.
According to a document leaked to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the defence establishment's working assumption – challenged by the moderate Palestinian leadership in Ramallah – is that the UN move will trigger "mass disorder". This includes, Israel
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Tags: Israeli, arming, settlers, Palestinians, gas, grenades, military training, Operation Summer Seeds, disgusting, hypocrites
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