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IDF officers warn about growth of "Jewish terror"

February 17, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Senior officers in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have issued a warning about the growth of what they describe as “Jewish terror” in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The IDF officers expressed their concerns about the repercussions of the increase in violence by Jewish settlers against Palestinian citizens across the Occupied Territories, in what the settlers call “price tag” attacks. Their comments came after an attack by settlers against an IDF base and soldiers in response to the army dismantling settlements which are even illegal under Israeli law.

Israel’s opposition leader, Tzipi Livni, said that it is important to confront [Jewish] extremists who attack the IDF. “Settler violence against an IDF base is another level of extremism coming over Israel,” she told Israel Radio. “And it’s with our country’s apparent agreement, being met with silence and a wink from the Netanyahu government, directly or indirectly.”

The ex-Foreign Minister added: “When the government agrees about bills proposed by extremists, maintains silence in the face of extremist rabbis and gives a nod and a wink to coalition partners, it provides fertile ground for such violence. We must act decisively to enforce the law and not allow extremist groups to determine our fate.”