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IDF General Fears Knesset Session with Settler Heads?

Maariv says Alon refuses to appear before Knesset discussion of terror in Judea and Samaria if settlers are present.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/20/2013, 12:57 PM

Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon
Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The Commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, Major General Nitzan Alon, appears to be afraid of a confrontation with heads of Jewish communities, at an upcoming Knesset session to discuss the security situation there.

Maariv reported Monday that MKs are saying that Alon refuses to appear before the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee this Wednesday, if heads of Jewish communities are in the room at the same time.

The session was set at the request of MK Moti Yogev, who heads the Committee's Subcommittee on Judea and Samaria, after the recent surge in firebomb and rock attacks on Israeli vehicles in Judea and Samaria.

Besides Alon, invitees include the head of the Yesha Committee – a federation of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria – Avi Roeh, Yesha Committee Director Ron Shechner, and the Security Officer of the Binyamin Regional Council, Avigdor Shatz.

According to the report, the Defense Ministry approved Alon's invitation, but Alon's bureau requested that he enter the committee room only after the settler representatives end their testimony and leave the room.

The IDF Spokesman said that the military would follow instructions it receives from the political echelon.