The Minister of Defense views the string of violent activities carried out by criminal groups of extremists in Judea and Samaria with the utmost seriousness.

(Communicated by Josh Hantman, International Media Advisor, MOD)
         
Minister of Defense Ehud Barak views the string of violent activities carried out by criminal groups of extremists in Judea and Samaria with the utmost seriousness. These activities have the characteristic of homegrown terror and will not be tolerated.

The Minister of Defense has instructed the IDF to act with resolve, in all of its efforts to curb this worrying bout of activity. We will capture those involved, and they will stand trial.

The events included, breaking through the perimeter fence, attacking the brigade commander and his deputy, breaking into an IDF base, throwing stones at Palestinians, attacking our security forces, and subsequently diverting the attention of the IDF away from their vital work of keeping the area secure.

They endangered lives and their actions threaten to damage the delicate relations Israel has with its neighbors.

The Minister of Defense is determined to uproot these phenomena and calls on the leaderships of the communities in Judea and Samaria – and indeed society as a whole – to condemn these nefarious actions that have no place in our civilized society.