The attorney general’s office planned to hold an emergency meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss escalating settler violence against security forces in the West Bank, following a melee on Tuesday in which settlement residents attacked security forces and destroyed a military post.
Among the attendees will be Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino, GOC Central Command Nitzan Alon, and officials from the security forces and attorney general’s office.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch denounced settler violence, branding all who harm soldiers or police officers “terrorists” and calling on security forces to treat attackers as such, in an interview on Israel Radio Wednesday.
He added that investigators were making progress in the inquiry into the recent wave of settler violence and that there will be arrests in the coming days.
“All those who rioted and struck security personnel or military equipment will pay a heavy price,” he said.
During a toast celebrating the upcoming Passover holiday, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said that the attack stems from the lack of a peace agreement with the Palestinians, and that no one who believes in democracy can accept such an incident.
The meeting comes in response to three days of increasingly violent confrontations between Yitzhar settlers and security forces that culminated early Tuesday morning with residents raiding an IDF command post near the settlement after security forces pulled down a number of illegal buildings.
Eight people, including six border guards, were injured. All of the military equipment at the site was destroyed, including tents, heating equipment, a toilet, and a water tank.
The IDF expressed concern over the events and the possibility that right-wing extremists would escalate their activities against security forces in the West Bank, and said that the army plans to update its regulations for responding to settler violence against soldiers.