Government battles settler violence

Tuesday, January 30, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
A new committee, headed by Defense Minister Amir Peretz (photo), proposed procedures on combatting settler violence against Palestinians living in Judea and Samaria on Monday.

Restraining orders against right-wing extremists suspected of violence against Palestinians will increase and there will be a greater presence of police officers in the Judea and Samaria regions with a high numbers of illegal activities by Jewish settlers.

Settlers attacked the committee's actions as well as the timing of its meeting.

“On a day when Israelis were killed by a terror attack" referring to the three Israelis killed Monday in Eilat, the country's Defense Minister should not focus on Israeli violence against Palestinians,” said Emily Amrusi, the spokeswoman for the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

“I smell the bitter whiff of primaries,” said Amrusi. “It's imperative that the security establishment tackle strategic and terror threats rather than sow hatred and division with the nation.”

The committee is comprised of Peretz, Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh, Foreign and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter and Interior Minister Roni Bar-On.

Representatives from the prosecutor’s office, police and Israel army were also present at the meeting.

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