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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are mulling an
IDF plan to revamp settlement security measures at the cost of NIS 1 billion
over the coming year.
The plan – drafted by the IDF’s Central Command –
was put together following the Palestinian infiltration of the settlement of
Itamar on March 11 and the murder of Udi and Ruth Fogel and three of their
Following the murders, officers from the Central Command
visited all of the settlements in the West Bank and produced a “security suite”
for each individual settlement.
The plan also includes illegal outposts
located in the West Bank.
The Central Command recently updated the work
regulations between government-hired settlement security guards and the IDF to
prevent incidents of miscommunication.
A military probe of the Itamar
attack showed that the electronic fence around the settlement had sent an alert
to civilian security guards stationed there after the fence was touched by the
terrorists, but that the information was not passed on to the IDF company
“We reviewed each settlement and searched for the weak
points and ways to fill them,” one defense official said.
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In addition to
physical barriers, the IDF also uses advanced radars and camera systems to
The plan is currently under evaluation by the Prime
Minister’s Office, the Defense Ministry and the Treasury, which will need to
allocate a special budget to implement it.
Yariv Oppenheimer, general
secretary of Peace Now, said the plan was further proof that Netanyahu was not
interested in making real peace with the Palestinians.
already the most protected population in the State of Israel,” Oppenheimer said.
“These plans prove that instead of taking a brave decision to evacuate even just
the outposts, Netanyahu is willing to invest millions in places that will not be
able to remain part of the State of Israel.”
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