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Settler Violence Endangers Israel’s Security

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Violence by extremist settlers in the West Bank has drawn attention following statements by Israeli leaders, but it has also been discussed with U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan here in Israel. Before that, in her meeting with Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev, U.S. Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland raised the issue.

Palestinian terror from Judea and Samaria, the West Bank, is still a tangible threat. As commanders there in the past, we took part in resolute action by security bodies, above all the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet security service, against these threats – action that’s even stronger today.

But violence by Palestinians can’t justify ignoring, either politically or operationally, lawbreakers on the Jewish side. The movement IDSF-Habithonistim – IDSF stands for Israeli Defense and Security Forum – more than 300 senior veterans of the security services including these three writers, has warned ministers and legislators of four dangers inherent in violence by extremist settlers.

Regarding security, which is the main factor, we must ensure that an uncompromising law enforcement system is........

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