Daily Israel Report

IDF Offers Excuses Instead of Defense at Samaria Community

As attacks increase in Judea and Samaria, residents of a hilltop community were shocked when the local IDF commander offered excuses instead of pursuing an armed Arab who threatened them.
By Ezra HaLevi
First Publish: 3/2/2006, 4:17 PM / Last Update: 3/2/2006, 6:10 PM


Residents of the community of Adei Ad, near Shilo in Samaria, are complaining that the IDF refused to respond to an armed Arab man who trespassed on their agricultural fields.

The residents told Arutz-7 that an Arab man was trespassing on their farmland, and when they tried to get him to leave he fired a shot in the air and ran away.

The residents immediately alerted the security forces in order that the armed Arab be apprehended.

“The company commander that arrived in his jeep said that he had an order from higher up not to drive on dirt roads – entry to Adei Ad involves such a road,” residents said. “We told him that the IDF had the obligation to catch the shooter but he answered that he was unable to do it because of orders and procedures.”

Residents say that just two weeks ago, army forces came not far from Adei Ad in order to remove some small shacks and wreckage and the IDF vehicles traveled on the dirt road without any problems.

The IDF spokesman has still not responded to Arutz-7’s request for clarification.