Soldier arrested for leaking info to far-right elements

19-year-old soldier serving in Samaria Division allegedly sent information which allowed activists to disrupt IDF operations in area.

By YAAKOV LAAPIN, JPOST.COM STAFF
October 24, 2011 21:01
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IDF soldier at roadblock.

IDF at checkpoint 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
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An IDF soldier was arrested by Military Police on Monday on suspicion of leaking information to right-wing elements over military activities in the West Bank.

The soldier, from the Samaria Division, allegedly took advantage of his clerical position in the army to send information which allowed activists to disrupt the IDF's operations in the area ,and enabled them to carry out 'price tag' attacks.  The investigation may lead to further arrests, defense sources have said.

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Two weeks ago, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that groups of settlers carrying out self-defined "price tag" attacks against Palestinians "operate almost like terrorist organizations."

The attacks, carried out against Palestinians and private property, "embarrass the State of Israel," he said during a military tour. Barak also praised the West Bank settlement leadership for condemning the acts.


At the beginning of the month, a mosque in the northern town of Tuba Zanghariya mosque was burned, causing significant damage. The attackers left the words "price tag" scrawled on nearby walls.

"These are events that need to be fought against. They humiliate the State of Israel and harm its strength and the legitimacy of all settlement within it," Barak said. The attacks also harm "Israel's standing and normal relations with our neighbors, the Palestinians."

President Shimon Peres said of the Tuba Zanghariya arson attack: "It brings great shame upon us. It is a terrible thing that I condemn in the strongest possible terms."

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