Vice Chairman Motti Yogev of the Binyamin Regional Council said Friday that the appointment of former Judea and Samaria Division commander Nitzan Alon to head the Israel Defense Forces' Central Command "is unwise and even represents a certain aspect of 'price tag' on the part of the defense minister, as opposed to 'price tag' acts by parts of the settlement community." "Price tag" vandalism has hit Arab, leftist and military targets following acts or threats to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
Interviewed by Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, Yogev - a colonel in the reserves - is certain that part of the duty of a military commander in the region, as in other regions is dialog with its residents, something which hasn't taken place here. He said that Alon's statements against the region's Jewish community has left a bad taste. Giving the brigadier general credit for being "intelligent, wise and courageous", Yogev said he thinks Alon wants dialog and despite the experience of recent weeks, months and years, good relations between the sides is possible and pledged his utmost in achieving that goal.