Daily Israel Report

‘IDF Does Not Deny Terror is On the Rise’

Ex-commander says that despite his controversial statements, Chief of Staff Gantz knows terrorism is a problem.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 5/28/2013, 4:48 PM

MK Moti Yogev
MK Moti Yogev
Israel news photo: Flash 90

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz may not want to allow soldiers to open fire on rock-throwing terrorists, but he does recognize that terrorism is a problem, MK Motti Yogev (Bayit Yehudi) said Tuesday, speaking to Arutz Sheva.

Yogev is the former commander of an elite infantry unit and serves as a colonel in the IDF reserves.

“I think the Chief of Staff does not deny how difficult it is for soldiers and commanders in Judea and Samaria. The Chief of Staff does not deny the increase in the number of [terrorist] incidents,” he said.

“I think that the Head of Central Command works night and day to protect residents of Judea and Samaria,” he continued.

“Despite that, there is a gap between the frequency of incidents and the operational response,” he added.

Gantz explained to the Knesset Tuesday why he believes that the IDF cannot change its orders regarding opening fire. “If we let go of the reins, there will be escalation and we will lose control,” he argued.

While Gantz has refused to change the open-fire orders, the IDF can still improve its response to terrorism, Yogev said. “The IDF is moving toward improving its response and increasing security, the IDF is examining the issue… I have no doubt that this will reduce the number of terrorist attacks and provide a better operational response.”

He condemned the recent hanging of signs criticizing Head of Central Command Major-General Nitzan Alon. “We need to understand that we and the Chief of Staff and the Major-General are all on the same side, with the shared goal of bringing security to Judea and Samaria and the state of Israel,” he said.