Hebron Brigade commander orders Jewish residents to return arms received from army.
This collection has been ordered in light of relative calm in territories in recent years. ‘This isn’t Switzerland,’ says enraged settler
The Judea and Samaria Division has decided to collect hundreds of weapons handed to West Bank settlers by the army in light of the relative calm in the territories in recent years, infuriating settlement leaders.
At the start of the al-Aqsa Intifada, more than a decade ago, the settlers received weapons from the army to help defend their communities. IDF officials have expressed their fear that settlers may take the law into their own hands and fire at Palestinians approaching the communities’ fences.
Hebron’s Jewish residents will be the first to be affected by the move. The settlers, as expected, are enraged by the new move. “This is a reckless decision which is part of a culture of improvised solutions,” a leader of one of the Jewish communities in the area told Yedioth Ahronoth.
The settlement head rejected the IDF’s claim that the move was crucial in light of weapon thefts in the area. “There is no calm where terrorists steal weapons. And anyway, much more weapons are stolen in the IDF, even from the vehicles of senior commanders.”
Right-wing activist Itamar Ben-Gvir, who lives in Hebron, slammed Colonel Hazut. “It looks like he believes settlers are only good for serving in the army, but not for protecting themselves. We are being abandoned.”
A military source explained that the Judea and Samaria Division planned to collect thousands of weapons from the entire area under its control, and not just from the Hebron area. “We must remember that the past two years have seen a significant calm. Obviously, we’ll return the weapons to the residents if needed, but under supervision.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Office clarified Thursday that the weapons being collected are not in use and that the move is aimed at fighting weapon thefts and in light of evaluations of the security-related situation.
I am not a fan of guns. I do not have one, and I do not want to ever hold one in my hand.
The Jewish settlers do not agree with me. I have to accept that. They do not believe Jesus is the Messiah, and that he rather wants me to bless my enemies than to kill or cripple them.
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
(end of scripture)
Unlike Jewish settlers, I do not have Islamic suicide bombers jumping into my garden, if they in a split second gets a chance. And if Islamic terrorists one day will be able to jump the fence and kill all Jewish settlers, the goons will eventually end up in my garden too.
Not being a Jewish settler, I have to defend their right to self-defense. The land belongs to him, and no one has the right to tell him to pack up and leave. And If the IDF comes and wants to collect the guns in the Jewish settlements, will they do the same in the “Palestinians” settlements also?
If not, i guess it would be wise by the Israeli Government not to make Judea and Samaria a “demilitarized zone”, a rule that shall only apply to Jewish settlers.