In its upcoming report, Amnesty International wholly ignores the substantial increase in Palestinian violence initiated over the past year, and shows a complete lack of understanding as to operational challenges the IDF (Zahal) faces.
2013 saw a sharp increase in rock hurling incidents, gravely jeopardizing the lives of civilians and military personnel. 132 Israelis were injured during that year alone, almost double the number in 2012. This is no surprise considering that over 5,000 incidents of rock hurling took place, half of which were along main roads.
Sadly, rock throwing and violent demonstrations present only part of the operational challenges posed to the IDF (Zahal) by Palestinian violence in Judea and Samaria. Indeed in 2013 there were 66 further terror attacks which included shootings, the planting of IEDs, blunt weapon attacks and the abduction and murder of a soldier.
The IDF (Zahal) operates in Judea and Samaria in order to contain violence initiated by Palestinians. When feasible, the IDF (Zahal) contains this life-threatening violence using riot dispersal means, including loud sirens, water cannons, sound grenades and tear gas. Only once IDF (Zahal) forces exhaust these tools and human life and safety remains in danger, is the use of precision munition authorized.
Palestinian rioters throw firebombs. Archive photo.
The IDF (Zahal) holds itself to the highest of professional standards and trains and equips itself as such. When there is any suspicion of wrong doing, or breach of discipline, the IDF (Zahal) reviews, investigates and takes action where appropriate.