PA Security Forces 311.
(photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
The Palestinian Authority has reached its highest level of governance since its
establishment in 1994, Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the outgoing head of the IDF’s
civil administration, said on Thursday.
Israel currently faces a PA that
was “more committed to economic gain than to incitement and violence,” he said
“We can say that the PA is at its peak,” Mordechai said during a ceremony in
Beit El during which he handed over command, after four years, of the Civil
Administration for Judea and Samaria to Brig.-Gen. Moti Elmoz, formerly deputy
head of the Central Command.
Mordechai was instrumental in creating the
coordination and cooperation that Israel currently enjoys with the PA, which has
led the IDF to scale back operations over the past two years inside Palestinian
During the ceremony, Mordechai warned of the growing threat
radical settler elements – sometimes referred to as the “hilltop youth” – posed
to the rule of law. The IDF has noticed an increase lately, particularly
surrounding the olive harvest, in attacks by settlers against
“This is extremely dangerous when people take the law into
their hands,” he said. “They cause damage to the majority of the people who live
in Judea and Samaria, who are not like them.”