Likud MK to IDF: Rethink rules of engagement in West Bank

May 28, 2013 11:28

Likud MK Reuven Rivlin urged Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz on Tuesday to reexamine the military's rules of engagement that right-wing critics say are limiting soldiers on the ground in their dealings with Palestinian rioters in the West Bank.

During Gantz's appearance before lawmakers at the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in Jerusalem, Rivlin expressed concern over the perception that Israeli troops have become passive in their attempts to quell unrest in the disputed territories beyond the Green Line.

"The entire world and the citizens of Israel are exposed to images in which IDF troops stand helpless in the face of riots and attacks from disorderly Palestinians," Rivlin said. "It is incumbent on the IDF to give [the troops] the tools to adequately deal with these types of situations."

"Seeing besieged IDF soldiers withdraw in the face of rioters requires the IDF to think anew the instructions given to soldiers on the ground," the Likud lawmaker said. "The current situation cannot continue. My fear is that this doesn't contribute to calm. On the contrary."

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