Sophia Borovsky condemned the IDF on Friday for razing an outpost named for her
husband, Evyatar, 31, who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian at Tapuah
Junction in the West Bank Tuesday morning.
In an emotion-filled letter
that was read out in her name at an afternoon rally at the junction, Borovsky
called for the firing of the head of the IDF’s Central Command, Maj.- Gen.
Nitzan Alon, who had ordered the outpost’s demolition, which was carried out
early Friday morning.
Alon needed to be transferred to another position
where his “lack of sensitivity can’t destroy people’s lives,” she
“I would like to believe that this miserable and ugly act, which
was done even before Evyatar’s blood had dried, was done out of stupidity or a
lack of understanding,” she wrote.
“But we all know that the head of
Central Command is a wise man, and therefore I can only come to the conclusion
that he has no heart.”
After the rally, settlers marched up to the site
of the razed outpost, which had been created on Wednesday when Samaria Regional
Council head Gershon Mesika erected a large white tent and moved his office
there for shiva, the sevenday mourning period.
Inside the tent were a
table, refrigerator, fan, coffee table and several well-used sofas.
council also constructed a one-room wooden structure for meetings and placed
Mesika said he had hoped to obtain permission to
build a new settlement on the site, and that people would move there until such
authorization was received. He claimed he had worked out an agreement with the
IDF to allow the tent and wooden structure to remain at least until the end of
the mourning period on Monday, and possibly through the end of the
But he said that at 4 a.m. on Friday, the IDF violated the
agreement when it sent the Civil Administration and Border Police to destroy the
A small group of settlers was sleeping at the site when the
security forces arrived.
Mesika said he was scheduled to meet with
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Sunday to discuss the matter.
Ro’eh, who heads the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the
Gaza Strip, said he took the breach of the agreement very
“This kind of action is emotionally painful for the family and
the settlers,” he said. “This lack of sensitivity on the part of decision-makers
who destroyed the place during the shiva cries out to the heaven, particularly
in light of the agreement to leave [the outpost] in place until the end of
In a show of solidarity with Mesika, Ro’eh held a number of
meetings at the outpost on Thursday.
Mesika blamed Alon for “cowardly
actions” in the middle of the night at Evyatar. He accused him of strengthening
terror by taking down roadblocks and relying on Palestinian Authority security
“The same person who has not succeeded in defending Jews and
who is afraid to confront the PA is acting as a hero at the expense of Jews in
mourning,” MK Orit Struck (Bayit Yehudi) said on Friday.
demolition last night is a response of contempt to the justified request to
strengthen settlement in the area as the appropriate Zionist response to the
Struck called on Ya’alon to publicly state that he accepted this
principle and then to act on it. She was the only parliamentarian who visited
the site in a show of support.
The nearby Yitzhar settlement, where the
Borovskys lived, said it was severing its ties with the IDF.