Daily Israel Report

Bennett: Take Offensive in Judea and Samaria

Economics Minister says he met with security chiefs and is "closely monitoring" terror situation.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/9/2013, 7:07 PM

Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Economics and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett held talks in recent days with Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz and Central Command Head Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, in an attempt to improve security for the Jews of Judea and Samaria.

"Recently, the security situation on the roads has deteriorated," the Bayit Yehudi chairman wrote on his Facebook page.

"There are rock roadblocks, cinderblocks thrown at cars, attacks on cars and more. Evyatar Borovsky, 32, was murdered. Adelle Biton, 3, is unconscious in the hospital."

He told his Facebook followers that he visited the community of Talmon this week and spoke to residents, who told of growing tension in their region. "They said how afraid they were to drive at night, or to drive on the roads with children at all."

"These are residents of the state of Israel, like all of us," he added. "They work, pay taxes, serve in the reserves. In other words, they are you and me. They deserve security. Israel is committed to the security of its residents. What is simpler than that? It is the responsibility of the government of Israel. It is my personal responsibility as a member of it."

Bennett said that he discussed the matter in with Yaalon, Gantz and Alon and that he "The open fire orders must be revised, forces must be redirected to that area, offensive activity needs to be ramped up, the throwing of rocks needs to be treated as a life-threatening action.

"I will continue to monitor matters closely," he promised.