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(photo credit: Reuters)
Two IDF soldiers were in Military Police custody on Wednesday for allegedly
passing sensitive information to right-wing settler activists on military
movements in the West Bank and plans to evacuate illegal outposts.
Wednesday morning, the IDF confirmed that it had arrested a soldier from the
Paratrooper’s Brigade on suspicion that he passed information to a group of
rightwing activists who were charged on Sunday with orchestrating a series of
so-called “price-tag” attacks against Palestinians and IDF soldiers.
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Wednesday afternoon, military policemen arrested a second soldier from the
Golani Brigade who also allegedly passed on information regarding military
movements to activists by text messages from his cellular
According to the indictment filed on Sunday, the activists had set
up a “war room” in an apartment they shared, which had classified aerial maps
and information about deployments and movements of troops, as well as other
The men also allegedly operated a hotline for
concerned activists to call whenever they saw troop movements consistent with
The group is believed to have been behind the attack
against the Efraim Brigade
base last month during which 50 activists stormed the
base, attacked the deputy brigade commander, burned tires, spread nails on a
road and threw stones and paint bottles at vehicles.
IDF sources said
that the investigation was ongoing and that the Military Police was searching
for additional soldiers who might have also supplied the group with
“It is intolerable that soldiers leak classified information
to people who are behind the price-tag attacks,” one officer said.