Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said that he was the one behind the decision to make sure an army commander didn't meet with elected officials from Judea and Samaria. Central Command commander Nitzan Alon isn't a popular figure in the region due to his role in the forced eviction of residents from various communities. From 2009 until October 2011 he served as commander of the Judea and Samaria Division.
Defense Minister Yaalon stated he wanted to avoid any kind of confrontation. He suggested that mayors of communities in Judea and Samaria meet with him separately behind closed doors and not in a public forum were the atmosphere could deteriorate.