5 Kislev 5778
23 November 2017
The News on the Israeli Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
Palestinian terrorists attempted to kill Israeli men, women, and children with “rocks” and Molotovs at Tekoa, Budrus, Gush Etzion, Jilazon, El Arub, on the Gush Etzion-Hevron road, Tel, Tulkarm, Halhul, Deir Abu Mash’al, Azzun, Hevron, Nabi Saleh, Beit El, Shavei Shomron, Karmei Tzur, and numerous other places.
Fortunately, no Israelis were wounded badly physically; however, there are no reports from MADA as to how many had to be treated for trauma.
They Cannot Even Act In Self-Defense
It was just two days ago that we wrote this on israelstreet in connection with President Rivlin’s refusal to pardon Elor Azariya, the Hevron soldier who was convicted of manslaughter for shooting a terrorist:
In the wake of the Azariya process, morale in the IDF is at an all time low because our soldiers know that they cannot even act in self-defense without being hauled before a military tribunal. What Rivlin’s decision has done–and all the other decisions of others that came before in this unseemly mess–is immeasurably weaken the IDF and make it hostage to political correctness.
Try to wrap your brain around this, dear reader:
Last month, IDF soldiers were standing guard at a checkpoint near Neve Tzuf in Samaria. They received a message from a “higher-up” that a suspicious vehicle was coming their way.
As the vehicle that matched the description approached, they ordered it to stop. Instead, the driver sped up and headed directly toward them.
When the driver again refused an order to stop, they opened fire killing the driver and wounding the passenger beside him.
In other words, the soldiers acted in self-defense to stop a terror attack.
But wait . . .
A subsequent inspection of the car revealed that there were no weapons in the car, so the IDF investigation concluded that it was not a terrorist attack after all.
Can you believe this? A car is speeding toward you and the driver refuses to stop–but because no weapons were found in the car it is not called a terror attack?
The obvious point to everyone except the IDF command is that the car was the weapon just as other cars have been in so many other bulldozer terror attacks over the last few years.
So how is this now playing out?
If you can believe this, the deputy company commander has been reprimanded and the squad commander has been suspended. In addition, the IDF spokesman revealed that the entire “case” has been referred the military police and prosecutor for possible action.
In other words, the deputy commander, squad commander, and the soldiers who fired on the car can all be expect to be hauled into military court.
“…because our soldiers know that they cannot even act in self-defense without being hauled before a military tribunal…”