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      Chief of Staff Tells Settlers: We're in a Difficult Time

      Lt. Gen. Gantz says responsibility for making the roads safe again rests with IDF command.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 5/26/2013, 6:41 PM

      Gantz with Perl
      Gantz with Perl
      Yaakov Rivner

      IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said on Sunday that the responsibility for making the roads of Judea and Samaria safe rests with him and the rest of the IDF command, but also asked residents of Judea and Samaria to brace for "difficult times."

      Lt. Gen. Gantz visited the Etzion Bloc following the recent deterioration in the security situation in Judea and Samaria, especially on the roads. He was accompanied by Central Command Head, Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon; Judea and Samaria Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Tamir Yadai; Etzion Brigade Commander, Yaniv Alaluf, and IDF Spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai.

      Etzion Bloc Regional Council Head Davidi Perl met with the Chief of Staff and told him: “The situation is unbearable. Residents are afraid to go out onto the roads. We have to absorb damage to property and even physical injuries on an hourly basis. There are many residents and soldiers who are hurt by the rocks.”

      Perl said that the situation makes living a normal life's routine impossible.

      Gantz said that he is visiting the area in order to learn about the situation from up close. He added that the responsibility for improving the situation rests with him and the oficers on the ground. He asked Perl to understand that "we are in a difficult time" and said that the residents of Judea and Samaria "must prepare for this," but added that the IDF would do what was possible to bring the level of security to what it once was.

      Gantz said he would be entering a staff meeting directly upon completing the visit, in order to reach decisions on dealing with "the complex situation."