Army vehicle with punctured tires, West Bank, January 10, 2014.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson, Courtesy)
The vehicle of Col. Yoav Yarom, commander of the IDF Samaria Regional Brigade,
was vandalized by puncturing the tires during a visit he paid to the settlement
of Yitzhar on Friday.
The IDF said it took a grave view of the incident,
and Judea and Samaria police have launched an investigation.
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu condemned the incident, saying, “This criminal act
does not represent the settlers in Judea and Samaria.”
“We won’t allow
anyone to harm IDF soldiers or commanders. We will find these criminals
and bring them to justice,” the prime minister promised.
Moshe Ya’alon echoed Netanyahu’s comments, saying he views the incident as a
“grave and intolerable incident that demands the quick and determined attention
of all bodies fighting this phenomenon, primarily our [attention] as a
“Col. Yarom, like other commanders in the area, works
tirelessly to protect the residents of the area and the other citizens of
Israel, and damaging his vehicle is a despicable act done by a small group of
lawbreakers who belong behind bars,” Ya’alon said.
Minister Danny Danon stressed the perpetrators of the attack were a minority, “a
small bunch of cowards smearing the reputation of the settler population, that
backs and contributes to the IDF.”
Friday saw five disturbances in the
West Bank, in which Palestinians clashed with security forces. In Kaddum, near
Nablus, 100 rioters who threw rocks were dispersed by the IDF.
rioters were dispersed in Ni’lin; 100 at Jaiyus, near Kalkilya; and 60 in Nabi
Salih, on the outskirts of Ramallah.
Earlier in the day, three settlers
were arrested at Kibbutz Tirat Zvi, in the Beit She’an Valley, for planning an
attack on an Israel Lands Authority clerk who distributed demolition orders for
illegal structures in the West Bank.
The three are residents of the West
Bank settlements of Talmon near Ramallah and Shadmot Mehola.
rocks were thrown at an Israeli motorcyclist northeast of Ramallah. There were
no injuries in that incident.Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.