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Following a recent incident in the Jordan Valley in which a soldier was attacked by a Palestinian on Friday (Mar. 25), soldiers in the area have been ordered to keep their magazines inserted in their weapons at all times
Date: 31/03/2011, 3:34 PM Author: Dan Tamir, Bamahane magazine
Following a recent incident in the Jordan Valley in which a soldier was attacked by a Palestinian on Friday (Mar. 25), soldiers have been ordered to keep their magazines inserted in their weapons at all times.
“When the soldier was attacked by the terrorist, his magazine fell to the ground. As such, he was unable to respond by opening fire,” explains the Deputy Commander of the Jordan Valley territorial brigade, Lt. Col. Shalom Eizner.
As part of the lessons learned from the incident, soldiers serving in the area have been instructed to avoid standing alone in areas where they might get rides to or from the base, and to be aware of any suspicious people coming toward them.
The brigade also decided to invest in teaching soldiers more Krav Maga (hand-to-hand combat). “Ultimately, there was physical contact between terrorist and soldier,” said the Deputy Commander. “If the soldier was more practiced in Krav Maga, we assume he could have overcome the terrorist.”
The attack took place when the soldier was waiting at a bus stop outside of the Tomer community on route 90, and was attacked by a Palestinian. While the soldier waited for the vehicle that would take him to base, the Palestinian came up behind him and began beating the soldier with a rock. The soldier was moderately injured in the head. An Israel Police car driving by at the time saw what was happening and shot in the direction of the Palestinian after he tried to attack one of the police officers.
A preliminary investigation found that the man was not a resident of the Jordan Valley and that he’d spent the evening in the village of El Petzl after arriving from the Nablus area. “This is an isolated incident and we are not aware of any connection to an organization at this point. It’s impossible to foresee this type of incident,” said Lt. Col. Eizner.
“The events in the Gaza Strip and Judea and Samaria region affect the country. There is tension in the air, and it seems that the sole attacker gains motivation to attack.”