Israeli general condemns settler violence in West Bank

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According to reports in Israeli media, a general in the Israeli army has criticised the government’s expansion of settlements in the occupied West Bank and also criticized the growing level of settler violence in the region.

According to the outgoing head of Israel’s central command, Yehuda Fox, the outgoing commander of the central command, who spoke at his departure ceremony on Monday, Israeli settlers have committed “nationalist crime” by engaging in violent acts in the occupied West Bank, which, in his opinion, has caused fear and chaos among the Palestinian residents, even though they weren’t a threat to anyone.

As far as I am concerned, this is not the Judaism I am familiar with. In my father and mother’s house, there was no such thing as that either. At least not the one I grew up with. I believe that this is not in accordance with the Torah’s teachings. As Fox said, it is adopting the ways of the enemy, which is the worst thing that can happen.

Since the commencement of Israel’s war in Gaza in October of last year, settlers and Israeli forces have increased raids and harassment of Palestinian towns and villages in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Authority reported that at least 553 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers in the territory since October, and that 9,510 individuals have been arrested.

A few days ago, Fox’s comments came just days after Israel’s government approved 5,295 new housing units across a host of illegal settlements that have been constructed throughout the occupied West Bank.

The West Bank is home to some 3 million Palestinians, while over 500,000 Israelis reside in more than 100 settlements spread throughout the occupied territory of the West Bank. There remains a significant roadblock to implementing the promised gradual transfer of Palestinian-controlled areas to Israeli control that were laid out in the Oslo Accords, which was halted after the settlement expansion was announced.

As the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has overseen a dramatic increase in settlement expansion under the leadership of the Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, himself a settler.

In an interview with Fox, he acknowledged that he had a responsibility, as the commander of the West Bank region under occupation, to initiate action in response to settler expansion and violence, but he also regrets that he “did not always succeed” in doing so.

As a result, it is also essential for the Central Command to be able to fulfill its functions in the absence of a functional and strong Palestinian Authority, with effective security mechanisms that maintain law and order in the region. A proactive approach to undermining the security realities on this front endangers the safety of the State of Israel as a whole,” Fox concluded.

The Israeli Army Radio reported on Tuesday that there have been 340 settler attacks on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank since the beginning of 2024, according to the Israeli Army Radio report.

Israeli soldiers have often exchanged fire with Palestinian armed groups during their incursions into the Gaza Strip, and it has been alleged that the attack is the result of an attempt by the Israeli army to weed out their activities.

According to Fox, the Central Command has been able to prevent violence escalating in the occupied West Bank from becoming “a main front” within a war that continues to rage in Gaza as a result of the violence in the occupied West Bank.

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