Army command positions are being increasingly manned by Jewish residents of West Bank settlements, a report in the IDF weekly magazine Bamahane stated Thursday.
According to the report, 16% of graduates at the latest company and battalion commanders’ training course identified as living in a settlement. The figure is almost four times as high as the settlers’ respective proportion in Israel’s population.
The estimated Israeli population living over the Green Line in West Bank settlements broke 350,000 in 2012, the Guardian reported.
A recent graduate of the course quoted in the Bamahane report said settlers had more motivation to serve, given their proximity to Palestinian attacks.
The report raised questions about how these officers would respond if ordered to evacuate settlements for a future peace deal.
Palestinians claim the West Bank, in addition to East Jerusalem and Gaza, for a future state.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.