Provocateurs may have been planted in Judea and Samaria to incite youth to rebel against the IDF, National Union chairman and Knesset Member Yaakov (Ketzaleh) Katz said Tuesday morning.
Approximately 50 youth barged into an IDF base in Samaria, vandalized vehicles and equipment, and confronted soldiers before being chased away or arrested.
Virtually every political and religious leader condemned the actions. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered security forces to act aggressively against those responsible for the incident and added, “The security forces need to concentrate on defending our citizens and not on such outrageous lawbreaking."
MK Katz, a former IDF officer and father to seven children who were officers in the armed forces, said that ”everyone knows the 700,000 Jewish residents in the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria and eastern, southern and northern Jerusalem have the largest proportional representation in the army.”
“Anyone who is acts against the IDF is not part of the settlement movement and actually works against it,” he added.
He fears that the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) may have repeated the days of Avishai Raviv, who worked as a provocateur in the days before the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin.
“Whoever attacked the army is a provocateur planted by the Shabak, dominated by the left-wing, with an objective of blackening the image of the settlement movement and paving the way for more government demolitions of Jewish communities,” the National Union chairman asserted.
He pointed out that all of those who have been arrested for so-called “price-tag” actions have been released without any charges.
Minister Daniel Hershkowitz, chairman of the Jewish Home party and a member of the government coalition, said that Monday night’s infiltration of the IDF base ”crossed the red lines: and that ”we must uproot this wild behavior.” He added that those responsible think they act in the name of HaShem but actually are cursing Him and participating in terror against the IDF.