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(photo credit: Tovah Lazaroff)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu strongly condemned the “price tag” attack at
an army base outside the Beit El settlement early on Wednesday morning, in
retribution for the demolition of three homes at the Migron outpost two days
Gallery: 3 homes demolished in Migron outpost
vandalized in suspected 'Price Tag' attack
Mosque arson attack intended to harm peace
It’s the first time that a “price tag” attack has targeted a
military base. Both senior government leaders and the heads of the settlement
movement condemned the infiltration of the army base during which 13 vehicles
“This was an abhorrent crime directed against commanders
and vehicles, the mission of which is to protect the lives of Israeli civilians
in Judea and Samaria,” Netanyahu said in a statement.
In the past,
right-wing extremists have punctured the tires of military jeeps, torched a
military vehicle and even thrown a fire bomb at one, but they have never
infiltrated a base.
Late Wednesday evening, two Jewish civilians were
apprehended near an IDF base north of Ramallah. Police were interrogating them
to determine whether they had any connection to the attack.
the IDF, the vandals “punctured tires, shattered windows and sprayed graffiti
[that spoke] against IDF commanders and against dismantling of structures in the
Jewish community of Migron earlier this week.”
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“Diverting anger toward
military officials with the objective of deterring them from carrying out legal
operations, and government and Supreme Court decisions, is unacceptable and
reprehensible,” OC Central Command Maj.- Gen. Avi Mizrahi said. “I intend, along
with the law enforcement authorities, to apprehend those responsible for the
incident and bring them to justice.”
Detectives from Judea and Samaria
Police, as well as a forensics team, went to the base on Wednesday and gathered
In addition, the Military Police opened an investigation to see
whether the attackers had help from soldiers inside the base.
viewing this unequivocally as a criminal incident,” a police spokeswoman told
The Jerusalem Post.
The investigation could soon be handed over to the
Judea and Samaria Police’s central unit, which handles serious cases.
infiltration of the base marks the second “price tag” attack this week. On
Monday, vandals set fire to a mosque in Kusra, 28 km. southeast of Nablus,
damaging the ground floor.
They also wrote graffiti on a wall linking the
attack to Migron.
Israel Police Insp.-Gen.
Yochanan Danino has set
up a task force to tackle far-Right elements in the West Bank suspected of being
behind the string of recent attacks carried out in response to demolitions at
The task force will be made up of officers from the
elite Lahav 433 unit and the Judea and Samaria Police.
elements are suspected of “setting fire to a mosque, damaging IDF vehicles,
uprooting trees and spray painting graffiti,” police said in a
The task force will be charged with “reaching those behind the
‘price tag’ incidents, who are challenging the rule of law through their acts,
and bringing them to justice,” police said.
The Council of Jewish
Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip said Wednesday’s incident was a
serious crime that greatly damaged the long-term interests of the settlement
But not everyone on the Right and in the settlement movement
condemned it. Some settlers said both Netanyahu and the IDF bore responsibility
for the attacks on the military base and the mosque through their acts of
incitement in Migron.
Opposition leader Tzipi Livni said, “These actions
against the IDF have crossed the red line.
These hate crimes must
Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon said the vandalism was “an act
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the “criminal” actions of
the hooligans at the military base and the mosque only served to escalate
violence at an already sensitive time.
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