Avi Mizrahi 311.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)
Palestinian popular protests could increase this year around Nakba Day, which is
marked on May 15, and in September, when a unilateral declaration of a
Palestinian state is possible, OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrahi said
The protests are likely to occur in September irrespective of
whether the UN actually recognizes a Palestinian state, Mizrahi said.
spoke at a festive event, held in the Efrat settlement for the Judea and Samaria
District Police. Police hiked 6.5 kilometers through historic areas of Gush
Etzion and held a barbecue, prior to listening to speeches by Mizrahi and
outgoing police Insp.-Gen. David Cohen.
In the coming year, Mizrahi said,
“we need to continue to defend against terror” and to prepare for “national
In the last month, tensions have been particularly
high among settlers and security forces in light of a Border Police decision to
fire plastic bullets at settlers in the Gilad Farm outpost in
Addressing the police, Dani Dayan, who heads the Council of
Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, spoke out against the
Gilad Farm incident.
At Gilad Farm, he said, security forces “crossed a
red line when it used weapons, albeit not deadly ones, against residents. The
event did not justify it.”
At the same time, Dayan added that he
condemned any use of civilian violence against police, including damaging
“To my sorrow, there have been incidents where
citizens have raised a hand against police and have punctured tires and done
other things. These incidents are worthy of condemnation. We must have a
zero-tolerance policy [with respect to these acts],” he said.
Dayan told police not punish an entire settlement for the actions of a few
individuals within it.
He thanked the police for their hard work in
combating drugs and traffic issues and for keeping an open line of communication
with the settler leadership.
Cohen, who retires in May after 38 years in
uniform – the last four years of which he’s spent as inspector-general – said he
was proud to have served his country.
He added that he was grateful for
every second spent in uniform and the fact that he was able help the police