Palestinian violence in the West Bank has increased, OC Central Command Maj.-Gen
Nitzan Alon told Channel 2 in an interview that was aired Tuesday
He did not speak of a third intifada, but he said, “for months we
have identified trends of a potential escalation.”
On Tuesday, the IDF
stopped a Palestinian in the Jordan Valley who carried four improvised
Near Bethlehem, Palestinians threw stones at soldiers,
lightly wounding one. They also threw stones at soldiers near
Separately, in a raid on a Palestinian home in Hebron, the IDF
found a cache of weapons, including bullets and night vision
“Our forces are working day and night,” Alon told Channel 2.
The IDF has arrested Palestinians who have harmed Israelis such as those who
threw stones at cars on Route 5 earlier this month, he said.
But he added
that still, “there are scores of intelligence reports of attempts to execute
terror attacks. I am happy that we ended 2012 and the last few months without
fatalities [from terror attacks] in the region of Judea and Samaria.”
IDF, Alon said, has also taken steps to help diffuse the tense situation in the
West Bank such as deporting to Gaza earlier this month the Palestinian prisoner
Ayman Sharawneh who had been on a hunger strike.
Alon who signed the
deportation order said, “on one hand we have to maintain our legitimacy, refrain
from rash moves and make arrests when necessary.” On the other hand, he said,
“we need to know how to dismantle land minds.”
The IDF, he said, seeks to
find a balance between these two objectives.
On the subject of price tag
attacks against Palestinians by Jewish extremists, which Alon has in the past
called terrorism, Alon said that Israelis who seek to live in Judea and Samaria
must see this activity as dangerous and unjust.
Price tag activities, he
said, both harm those who are innocent and escalate exactly the type of
Palestinian violence that the IDF is trying to prevent.
In the Channel 2
interview Alon dismissed past verbal attacks by settlers and right wing
activists against his wife for her activities with the left wing group Machsom
“I didn’t take it personally,” Alon said and added that he felt
the attacks subsided precisely because of his failure to respond.
also less dramatic than it appeared to be in the media,” he said.
regard to Syria, Alon said that Israel must maintain its right to defend
In describing his work as the head of the Central Command, Alon
said, that he was an emissary on a mission.