Palestinian Arab attacks on Jews living in Samaria have become a daily occurrence. And local Jewish leaders are demanding that the government and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) take decisive action before the situation spirals any further out of control.
Most of the attacks are happening in the northern half of the so-called “West Bank,” more correctly known as Samaria, part of the biblical heartland of Israel. There Jewish motorists, shepherds and entire communities are routinely stoned, firebombed and shot at.
“Stones, Molotov cocktails and even shooting attacks have again become a daily problem,” read a letter signed by 27 local community leaders. “We remember well the horror of the early 2000s, and we have no intention of returning to those black and bloody days. We will not be ducks in the range! Our blood is not cheap and we will not be cannon fodder.”
They went on to stress that terrorism only begins in Samaria. And if Israel allows it to fester there, it very quickly spreads to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the rest of the country.
“We know very well that this is only the beginning, and that the lack of security will translate into graves very quickly,” wrote the Jewish community leaders, noting that already this year over a dozen Israeli Jews have been murdered in Samaria.
So, what do they want to do about it?
When rockets are fired from Gaza, even if they don’t kill a single Israeli, the government and IDF respond with a full military operation. The Jews of Samaria say their situation should be taken at least as seriously as that of the Gaza periphery.
In the letter, they called for more checkpoints, more soldiers on duty in Jewish settlements and on the roads leading into and out of northern Samaria, and most of all, an extensive military operation against the Palestinian terrorist infrastructure. “We must go deep and destroy the terrorist ‘battalions’ that include thousands of armed men organized by Iran though Palestinian organizations,” the Jewish leaders insisted. “We must restore deterrence and bring security to the State of Israel.”
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