IDF razes illegal settler construction in West Bank, appearing to raise Smotrich’s ire

IDF forces have razed illegal settler construction overnight in the Pnei Kedem outpost in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank, according to reports overnight.

Associates of Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who is also a minister in the Defense Ministry in charge of civilian issues in the West Bank, are quoted by the Israel Hayom daily as criticizing the move and saying the head of the IDF Central Command bypassed Smotrich’s authority by regarding the demolition as a task of “immediate security urgency” and taking the matter directly to Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.

The source laments that the IDF general hadn’t acted with the same urgency to demolish illegal Bedouin construction that allegedly was at the same site for years.

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