Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Tuesday praised the IDF’s Central
Command, which has responsibility for Judea and Samaria, for “standardizing
relations with the Palestinians” and contributing to stability, through
coordinating joint security activities, and promoting economic
The IDF and the Shin Bet (Israeli Security Agency) have
foiled many terrorist plots, Ya’alon added, speaking during a visit to the
Central Command’s headquarters in northern Jerusalem.
Israel would not
tolerate Palestinian rock and Molotov cocktail attacks on West Bank roads, he
said. The Palestinian leadership in the West Bank did not have an interest in
sparking a third intifada, but its incitement to hatred and violence was
creating lone attackers, and Hamas and Islamic Jihad were seeking a surge in
violence, the latter with Iranian support, Ya’alon said.
Asked about a
Wall Street Journal report that appeared last week saying that Hezbollah in
Lebanon imported parts of supersonic Yakhont anti-ship missiles, Ya’alon said
that as far as Israel knew, Hezbollah did not possess the weapon.