Bayit Yehudi's MK Moti Yogev, a colonel in the reserves and ex-commander of an elite infantry unit, thinks the new minister of defense will toughen up the rules of engagement against terrorists in Judea and Samaria. Yogev told Arutz Sheva that Monday morning's shooting attack near Kedumim is a result of the IDF's laxness vis-à-vis other forms of terror.
"The event in Samaria is, in effect, a development from events where rules of engagement were changed," Yogev said. "If we are willing to contain rock attacks, then the fire bombs follow. If we are lax on fire bombs, then we experience the gunfire. This is how it was in the past, and this is apparently what is happening now.
"I want to wish a quick recovery to the wounded man, and I hope that the IDF, under the new incoming defense minister, whom we wish great success in his role, Minister Moshe Yaalon, together with the new deputy defense minister, Danny Danon, will set a policy that will make clear, first, that the Land of Israel belongs to the nation of Israel, and this policy is also what gives us quiet from terror attacks, and that he will set a clear policy regarding rules of engagement, and the all-out war against the terrorists.
"I have no doubt that this will bring more quiet, because he has done this, and he knows how to do it."
Yaalon was the IDF chief of staff in 2002-2005, at the height of the terror war launched by Yasser Arafat, which is usually referred to by its Arab name, as the Second Intifada.