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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Senior IDF officer: Headlines More Dramatic than the Events

“The Headlines are More Dramatic than the Events”
A senior officer in IDF Central Command discusses the intensification in the
West Bank, says "it is more violent than recent months, but there’s no loss
of control.” He added that there is no connection between the West Bank
situation and the rocket fired at Ashelon

Or Heller 26/2/2013
http://www.israeldefense.com/?CategoryID=483&ArticleID=1984

An IDF senior officer discussed the intensification in the areas of the West
Bank, and said that “our understanding is that there is an interest of the
Palestinian Authority and of other Palestinian elements in keeping the
Palestinian issue on the agenda towards the visit of US President Barack
Obama.”

The officer also discussed the issue of the prisoners, and said that “there
is an aspect of genuine protest and tough legitimacy, which stood out during
the weekend. The struggle is done in several ways - in part by the prisoners
in jail, part by the PA in an organized manner, and part has to do with the
families of the prisoners and so on. The are trying to delegitimize the IDF’s
arrests and foiling efforts. The foiling process represents a crucial
element in our struggle against terrorism.

“I view the newspaper headlines as being more dramatic than the events
themselves. The recent events are significant in larger scopes, and the
level of violence is higher than what we’ve witnessed in recent months. This
wave has yet to end - we witnessed the strength during the weekend, and
yesterday before and during the funeral, but we have already seen a
considerable reduction today. The Israeli government transferred the January
tax money, which I assume has had a positive influence, though the
Palestinians themselves have yet to pay all the salaries.” The officer
further addressed the anticipated strike in the PA’s educational system,
which is already bringing students out to the streets, and said that it is
taking place against the background of the ongoing economic crisis.

With regards to the Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat, who died in an
Israeli prison several days ago, and the PA’s response, the officer said
that "this is a blatant accusation of torture directed against Israel on a
nonfactual basis, and is an aspect which is inciting people in the area. The
Palestinian security mechanisms were given a directive not to lose control
and to control the area, but they can’t do everything. We demand that they
fulfill their responsibility in the are that they are responsible for and
control.

“They are the ones who organized the funeral and did it in a reasonable
manner - it was not led by Hamas, and it was a national-military even from
their perspective. This control prevented things from getting past the
funeral. There was a certain weakness in Bethlehem, and we are coordinating
with them on the defense channel. In the end, the events are in the scope of
hundreds of riot who approached the axes, but there is no loss of total
control.”

According to the officer, there is no connection between the situation in
the West Bank and the rocket that was fired at Ashkelon this morning.
However, he emphasized that the IDF is making preparations. “There are still
prisoners who are on hunger strikes and legal debates on the topic of those
freed in the framework of the Gilad Shalit exchange who have violated the
terms of their deals – there is a springboard for larger and more
significant events,” he said.

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