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Last Friday, Defense Minister Yoav Galant confirmed and ordered the swift evacuation of the illegal outpost "Or Chaim" in the center of Rabbi Druckman, thus saving the Ministry of Defense, the IDF and the Israeli government from a political-political embarrassment.
After that, he prevented a crisis with the United States and the European Union, but mainly and above all - he prevented a security challenge for the forces in the field.
Any illegal outpost that is placed on Palestinian land or on land whose ownership is disputed subsequently triggers a series of security incidents in the area, which endanger the lives of soldiers and civilians.
Therefore, the political effort to turn the event into a civil matter under the authority of Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich is ignoring the reality on the ground to say the least and throwing a smoke grenade.
The attempt to claim that this is not the responsibility of Defense Minister Yoav Galant but the responsibility for a civil matter of Smotrich - is contrary to the facts.
The "Or Haim" outpost upon its establishment, last week (photo: official website, no)
This is a security story, since every new settlement in IOSH is a mega-strategic event for the White House in Washington, which obliges them to at least check and respond, and a micro-tactical problem for the MP who secures the area in the first stage even before violent disturbances are established in the area and in the advanced stage terrorist attacks .
An illegal outpost of this type is a change in the entire security dynamic in the sector that changes the existing balances, and requires a new intelligence preparation including an examination of the extent of fighting forces in the field.
Therefore, an illegal outpost requires the IDF to secure it and deal with violent disturbances, endangering the fighters and civilians in the area.
For example, when the Avitar outpost was established in the area of the Shomron Regional Council - about two kilometers east of Tapuh Junction, and in front of the Palestinian village of Beta - politicians harshly criticized the Shomron Brigade, the commander of the Yosh Division and the commander of the Central Command, for how they did not know ahead of time about the establishment of the outpost, and how They didn't stop him and evicted him shortly after.
It should be emphasized that the Joint Chiefs of Staff's investigation also examined allegations against the performance of the General of Central Command, the Division Commander, and the Brigadier General, and did not criticize the coordination of government operations in the territories since it is a security matter and not a civilian matter.
The establishment of the Avitar outpost on the hill as a complete surprise, dragged the IDF as part of the compromise to prevent the evacuation of buildings, but to secure the area. Since then, at least eight Palestinians have been killed, and dozens of IDF soldiers and MGB fighters have been injured defending the place and preventing disturbances from reaching the roads as well .
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Prevented political embarrassment and risking the lives of soldiers and civilians.
Gallant (Photo: Reuven Castro)
It is really not clear what the quarrel is about if it is an illegal activity.
Accordingly, there must be a separation between security issues that are before Minister Galant, and surely under the responsibility of the commander of the Central Command, who is the sovereign in the field and the professional supervisor for the execution of the operational tasks - and civilian issues under the responsibility of Smotrich, such as responsibility for Kiryat Arba, the expansion of the settlement blocs, the streamlining of the bureaucracy and more .
Where it is a matter of changing the status quo, actions that change reality such as the flow of traffic on roads and moves that create friction, the IDF has an obligation to intervene and this has nothing to do with who the Civil Administration is subordinate to or a violation of the coalition agreement. The issue of evacuation in the field by a civil contractor of the Administration must also be considered. In the past there were These are the IDF soldiers who were handling the evacuation and destruction of the buildings, and to prevent this, it was decided to carry out evacuation and demolition activities by contractor workers subject to the law and authority.
He claimed discrimination against the Israelis in the territories - but the data shows otherwise.
Ben Gabir (Photo: Reuven Castro)
During the evacuation of the outpost by security forces, National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gabir called for his arrest. "Everyone must respect the rule of law, but an equal and uniform policy must be created," he said in his announcement, claiming that the Civil Administration discriminates between Jewish and Palestinian settlers in the territories. It is not possible that when Arabs build throughout Judea and Samaria, the people of the administration do not talk to them and do not enforce the law, but when it comes to Jews, the administration carries out selective enforcement and within hours seeks to destroy and destroy the outpost."
This claim that there is selective enforcement against the Israeli side as opposed to the Palestinian side is inconsistent. With the facts. From information obtained by Walla! it appears that in 2021, approximately 270 illegal Palestinian buildings were evacuated and destroyed compared to approximately 80 Israeli buildings. In 2022, approximately 250 Palestinian buildings were evacuated and destroyed compared to approximately 30 Israeli buildings.
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Itamar Ben Gabir