Northern Exercise

The Golani Brigade held a large-scale exercise in the North of Israel today (Tuesday). During the exercise, the Minister of Defense referred to violent confrontations that took place at the Yitzhar settlement between residents and security forces: "We will address this violent act harshly

Northern Exercise

Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon at the Northern exercise of the Golani Brigade (Photo: Ariel Hermoni, IMOD)

The Minister of Defense, Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon strongly condemned the violent attack on Border Police officers during the demolition illegal structures at the Yitzhar settlement. "We won't stand for factions that ultimately hurt the settlement, raise a hand against any element of the IDF, the Border Police, the Israel Police or civil administrators", Ya'alon said today (Tuesday) at a large-scale exercise of the Golani Brigade in the North of Israel.

The defense minister's words refer to violent confrontations that broke out last night (between Monday and Tuesday) at the Yitzhar settlement during the demolition of five illegal structures. Hundreds of people tossed stones at security forces, burned tires and blocked roads, and six police officers were slightly injured. After the demolition, an IDF post was attacked by settlers.

The clashes occurred after stressful days in Yitzhar, during which the wheels of a military vehicle were punctured during a routine patrol of reservists, as well as the wheels of the car of the IDF Samaria Brigade commander, Col. Yoav Yarom.

"In Yitzhar there are violent factions, but not all of the residents are violent," Ya'alon said. "These factions are hurting the settlement, being violent extremists that do not respect the rule of law. They will have to obey the law like any citizen of Israel. These violent actions - we will deal with (them) in any way necessary".

Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon
at the Northern exercise of the Golani Brigade (Photo: Ariel Hermoni, IMOD)

You might be interested also

Fire burns in an area near Sderot where rockets from Gaza were fired towards Israel and Israeli Iron Dome anti-missile system were fired as well near the Israel-Gaza border August 6, 2022. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Operation “Breaking Dawn”: Nearly 600 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel

 The IDF has launched an attack against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad on Friday, targeting its leaders and posts. PM Lapid: “Anyone who tries to harm Israel should know: we will find you”