Top Officials Meet to Discuss Security Situation
Israel's top defense and security officials met Monday to discuss ways to restore order and calm to Judea and Samaria, in the wake of ongoing riots by Arabs in recent days. Taking part in the meeting evaluating the current situation Monday evening were Defense Minister Ehud Barak, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, IDF Central Command head Nitzan Alon, Deputy Israel Police Commander Yisrael Yitzchak, Director of the Israel Prisons System Aharon Franco, and top intelligence officials.
The meeting took place in Barak's office. In a statement, the office said that the group had discussed the current situation in Judea and Samaria. During the course of the meeting, several possible scenarios were discussed and evaluated, including methods of dealing with them, based on efforts to restore calm while vigilantly maintaining security for all Israelis.
Meanwhile, two IDF soldiers were injured Monday night when Arab rioters threw stones at them in the area of Gush Etzion. The soldiers were treated on the spot for light injuries. There were numerous reports of rock throwing by Arab rioters in several areas of Judea and Samaria on Monday afternoon and and evening, including in Hevron and outside Tul Karem. IDF troops used anti-riot methods to break the riots up.
Arab terrorists on Monday afternoon threw six firebombs at Jewish groups near the Tomb of Rachel outside Bethlehem. No injuries were reported in that incident.
PA sources, meanwhile, said that a 13 year old boy had been seriously injured Monday evening when he participated in a riot, throwing rocks and stones at IDF soldiers. The IDF confirmed that the youth, along with six other rioters, were injured when the IDF used anti-riot methods, including rubber bullets, to break up the riot. One Arab rioter was arrested in the incident.