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When he heard people pounding at his door at 5 a.m. Thursday morning,
Itamar resident Moshe Ronsky said his first thought was, “There was another
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Ronsky told The Jerusalem Post that he lives just 200
meters away from the Fogel home, where a terrorist stabbed the two parents and
three of their children to death earlier this month.
“Then, like now, I
was awakened by someone pounding at my door,” he said.
But this time, it
was the police wanting to confiscate his gun, to see if it had been used to kill
a Palestinian who had threatened a pedestrian with a rock near the West Bank
village of Iraq Burin.
They also wanted to question Ronsky about the
“It’s 5 a.m. and police are knocking at my door. We jumped from
our beds believing there is another infiltration. We seriously panicked,”
He was afraid to open the door, but calmed down a bit when
he heard the voice of the settlement’s security officer, who explained the
Unsure of what was going on, he called his father, former IDF
chief chaplain Avi Ronsky, who lives five minutes away.
understood that they were at his son’s door because his son owned a Glock gun,
similar to the one used in the Iraq Burin attack, Avi Ronsky said he, too, had
that kind of gun and wanted to know if every gun owner was suspect.
and Samaria Police said Ronsky’s account of events was distorted. A spokesman
said a moderately sized team of detectives had gone to the younger Ronsky’s home
with a court-ordered search warrant.
This was a “basic investigative”
measure taken as part of an inquiry into a recent shooting in the area, and
officers had no intention of arresting Ronsky, Judea and Samaria Police
spokesman Gili Elhadad said.
“We wanted to collect his firearm for
analysis. This was trivial,” he explained, adding, “We brought Itamar’s security
officer with us. The security officer phoned Ronsky to say he was at the door
According to Elhadad, Ronsky refused to cooperate with
Avi Ronsky then contacted the detectives and asked if his son
could come to Judea and Samaria Police headquarters in Mevaseret Adumim later in
Officers agreed to the request and left the
Moshe Ronsky arrived at the police station on Thursday afternoon
with the firearm, police said.
“There was no shouting and no force used.
We were considerate of Ronsky and allowed him to arrive at a later time,”
Moshe Ronsky said he had answered their questions and
returned home. He told the Post that it was inappropriate for the officers to
have arrived at his home so early in the morning, further traumatizing him and
his family at a sensitive time, when they could easily have asked him to arrive
at the station at a normal time of day.
He was not the only gun owner
police investigated Thursday. They also detained for questioning the secretary
in Elon Moreh, who is a platoon commander in the reserves and also owns a Glock
The Thursday morning incidents came in the aftermath of a number of
clashes with security forces, including one that broke out between settlers and
police late Tuesday when officers arrived at the Givat Ronen outpost to arrest a
Last month, security forces used plastic bullets against
settlers when clashes broke out during the demolition of three illegal
structures at the Gilad Farm outpost.
On Thursday, Samaria Regional
Council head Gershon Mesika asked for an urgent meeting with Public Security
Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, saying the minister must investigate these
serious matters and halt a deteriorating situation.
Dani Dayan, who heads
the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, also
turned to Aharonovitch and asked for a meeting with the heads of the settler
He told the media that police actions that morning in
Samaria and in Itamar in particular were intolerable.