UPDATE: The residents of southern Israel were pummeled with 5 Hamas terrorist missiles and 2 mortars on Monday.
On October 7, this israelstreet blog was entitled “The Rapidly Deteriorating Situation in Judea and Samaria.
The first paragraph of that blog read in part: The situation on the ground in Judea and Samaria is rapidly disintegrating because the Jewish communities there perceive that the IDF and Israeli police are doing little to protect them–and are in fact doing everything they can to uproot them.
On Tuesday night violence broke out in three separate events across Judea and Samaria.
In the first violent incident, dozens of teenaged Jewish community members rioted on Road 55, attacking and stoning IDF vehicles and personnel.
In the second event, approximately 300 young Jewish community members gathered on the road outside the fledgling community of Ramat Gilad, pelting passing cars with stones and attacking the jeep of the Ephraim Brigade Commander and inflicting light injuries on him and his deputy.
In the third incident, approximately 50 Jewish community teenagers broke into the Ephraim Territorial Brigade’s base in Samaria where they burned tires, threw Molotov cocktails and stones at IDF property, damaging buildings and vehicles.
Why did these events take place? Because Ehud Barak announced that the residents of several fledgling communities in Samaria were about to be evicted and their communities were going to be razed. As one community leader put it: “This youth sees its houses destroyed, its parents murdered – and resists. It’s spontaneous and unorganized. Instead of receiving support, they are condemned and called Jewish terrorists.”
Your humble servant believes that however legitimate the feelings of these young people are, their actions yesterday were criminal and must be stopped.
In fact, Jewish community members throughout Judea and Samaria have roundly denounced the violence today:
Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan condemned the attacks on the IDF as “a shameful, ungrateful atrocity” and said that those who vandalized the base and attacked the soldiers should “be arrested and brought to justice.”
Samaria Regional Council Head Gershon Mesika called the Ephraim Brigade commander to apologize and issued the following declaration: “I lovingly call on our youth not to be dragged into forbidden acts even at these difficult times.”
PM Netanyahu had this to say in the Knesset this morning concerning those that broke into the IDF base: “A small group among those who are faithful to the Land of Israel think that they can cancel loyalty to the state and the law. This is a danger to democracy and our state.” Netanyahu concluded that anyone who attempts to injure IDF soldiers or police officers will be punished “to the full extent of the law.”
In an encouraging sign, at this very moment as this blog is being written, dozens of Jewish community members are engaging in a solidarity rally in support of IDF soldiers at the entrance to the Ephraim Brigade base.
Let’s hope that the rule of law returns to Judea and Samaria—on all sides.
THIS DAY IN ISRAELI HISTORY
Prime Minister David Ben Gurion’s statement to the Israeli Knesset on December 13, 1949:
Mr. Speaker, Distinguished Knesset. One week ago today, in the name of the Government of Israel, I made a statement on Jerusalem before the Knesset. I need hardly say to you that this statement retains its full force, and that no change in our attitude has occurred or can possibly occur.
As you know, the General Assembly of the United Nations has, in the meantime, by a large majority, decided to place Jerusalem under an international regime as a separate entity. This decision is utterly incapable of implementation – if only because of the determination and unalterable opposition of the inhabitants of Jerusalem themselves. It is to be hoped that the General Assembly will in the course of time amend the error which its majority has made, and will make no attempt to impose a regime on the Holy City against the will of its people.
We respect and shall continue to respect the wishes of all those States which are concerned for freedom of worship and free access to the Holy Places, and which seek to safeguard existing rights in the Holy Places and religious edifices in Jerusalem. Our undertaking to preserve these rights remains in force, and we shall gladly and willingly carry it out, even though we cannot lend our participation to the forced separation of Jerusalem, which violates without need or reason the historic and natural right of the people who dwell in Zion.
From the establishment of the Provisional Government we made the peace, the security and the economic consolidation of Jerusalem our principal care. In the stress of war, when Jerusalem was under siege, we were compelled to establish the seat of Government in Tel Aviv. But for the State of Israel there has always been and always will be one capital only – Jerusalem the Eternal. Thus it was 3,000 years ago – and thus it will be, we believe, until the end of time.