IDF chief ‘strongly condemns’ settler banners slamming Central Command chief

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

In a rare statement, military chief Aviv Kohavi “strongly condemns” banners posted by settlers which slam the commander of the military’s Central Command for ostensibly not acting against Palestinian stone-throwing attacks.

“This is an improper and immoral act that harms a public servant who acts professionally, by law, and with values and dignity,” Kohavi says in a statement.

The Israel Defense Forces brands the banners as “inciteful discourse.”

“IDF officers act in a professional way, and should not be included in any way, or hinted at, in political discourse or discourse on a personal level,” he says.

The banners, which included a picture of Maj. Gen. Yehuda Fuchs, read: “Strong against Jews in Homesh — weak in Hawara,” criticizing the general for allegedly preventing settlers from reaching an illegal outpost while not preventing recent stone-throwing attacks on a highway that traverses a Palestinian town.

“The chief of staff calls on those behind the banners to remove them immediately,” the statement adds.

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