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(photo credit: Courtesy IDF Spokesperson)
OC Central Command Maj.- Gen. Avi Mizrahi issued a stern warning on Tuesday over
the threat posed by far-Right Jewish elements in the West Bank.
during a ceremony to mark the replacement of outgoing Judea and Samaria Division
commander Brig.- Gen. Nitzan Alon, whose home was the scene of regular
demonstrations by activists opposed to IDF clearances of illegal outposts,
Mizrahi warned that the IDF may have to “confront the extreme fringes on the
Right, who could bring the whole area to an escalation [in
Maj.-Gen. Mizrahi: ‘Price-tag’ attacks constitute terror
Mizrahi also condemned “price tag” attacks by far-Right
elements, which are launched on random Palestinian targets and security forces
following the demolition of outposts.
Addressing Alon, Mizrahi said,
“You’ve absorbed quite a bit [of hostile rhetoric]. In my view, this was
unjustified. I think it is right to condemn people who were led by
Turning to Alon’s mother, Mizrahi added, “It must have been
difficult for you to see the demonstrations around your son’s home. I’d like you
to know that you’ve raised a son who is a source of pride to the State of
Alon was praised by Mizrahi for “knowing how to create a
connection with Jewish communities [in the West Bank] with the required
sensitivity, but also, with determination and without shortcuts.
echoed Mizrahi’s warning, saying that “an extreme and marginal minority can
bring about an escalation through acts that are called ‘price tag,’ but which
reach the level of terrorism.”
During his two years as Judea and Samaria
Division commander, Alon’s relationship with many of the settlers and right-wing
activists was particularly contentious. They were angered by what they
considered his strong-armed tactics during the demolitions of temporary homes in
fledgling outposts and problems with access to Joseph’s Tomb in
He was particularly criticized for his use of plastic bullets
against activists at the nearby Gilad Farm outpost.
Committee Chairman Benny Katzover said he was the most “left-wing” division
commander that he could recall in the past 30 years.
Committee of Binyamin and Samaria said that during Alon’s time in command, the
IDF hit an all-time record of alienating the Jewish residents of Judea and
Samaria. It added that Alon was a politician in uniform and would have
been better suited as a member of a left-wing party.
But Dani Dayan, who
heads the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip,
defended Alon and said he was one of the bravest soldiers in the
“Yes, we had our share of disagreements,” said Dayan. But he added
that when it came to “price-tag” violence, he agreed with Alon and that it was
important to halt such attacks.
Alon will be replaced by Brig.- Gen.