Benny Gantz 311.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)
Palestinian policemen deliberately opened fire on a group of Jews who infiltrated Nablus last month to
pray at Joseph’s Tomb, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz concluded
on Sunday, following the military’s probe of the incident.
Livnat, 25, was fatally wounded when Palestinian Authority policemen directed
their fire on the group of Breslav hassidim. Four other worshipers were
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The group illegally entered Nablus without coordinating the
visit with the IDF as required by Israeli law. Nablus is Area A territory, under
Palestinian control, and therefore off limits to Israeli citizens. The
four Palestinian policemen were immediately placed under arrest by the PA which
is continuing to investigate the shooting.
Last week, the Defense
Ministry official recognized Livnat as the victim of a terrorist attack,
enabling his family to receive compensation from the state.
of the IDF probe, released on Sunday, found no evidence that the Palestinian
policemen had planned the attack but did conclude that the gunfire was
intentional and aimed at killing the group of Jews who had infiltrated the area
near the tomb. The PA policemen opened fire without justification and when their
lives were not in danger, Gantz said.
Gantz also weighed in on the
terrorist attack in the Itamar settlement in March during which two Palestinians
broke into a home and killed Udi and Ruth Fogel along with three of their
children. Gantz called the attack “despicable and inhumane.”
concluded that Central Command’s preparations at the time of the incident were
in accordance with the assessed threat level in the West Bank but that there had
been a lack of concrete intelligence regarding the attack.
however, that the security measures in place at the time failed and ordered
Central Command to immediately implement necessary chances to improve security
in appropriate settlements in order to prevent future attacks.
Sunday night, thousands of Jewish worshippers were expected to travel to
Joseph’s Tomb in coordination with IDF and PA forces.