...Speaking at Shevach's funeral, the head of the Samaria Regional Council, Yossi Dagan, berated the government for failing to install security cameras in the area, despite repeated pleas by residents of the Yitzhar settlement for this to be done, and called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Liberman to immediately recognize the outpost as a legal settlement.
"At this moment, I must make a difficult statement, but it is my duty to say it. Raziel was murdered on a road on which, despite repeated promises [by the government], security cameras had not yet been installed. If they had been, these vile murderers would have been caught," he said.
....Bennett made political demands of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling on him to ensure that Palestinian Authority payments to terrorists cease, to recognize Havat Gilad as a legal settlement and to impose Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.
But as he was issuing his last demand, angry voices in the crowd of mourners began to shout "Vengeance," chanting the word rhythmically and drowning out Bennett's words.
The minister said in response that though he understood the pain of those chanting "Vengeance," the only answer to Shevach's murder could be through IDF actions and to build more settlements.
...The humiliated soldiers in Nabi Salih had no wish to become additional sacrificial video victims in cyberspace court. Or worse, in the military court of the IDF. Azaria's abandonment by his military superiors and by Israel's president was enough to cause any soldier to bear the slaps and kicks of a teenage girl rather than defend himself and the honor of Israel.
In what can be called the Azaria Effect, an IDF Behavioral Research unit last year found that only 41 percent of combat soldiers have confidence that their commanders would back them up after an error made during field operations. An excerpt from the study obtained by Haaretz read, "it can be assumed that these findings were influenced by the events with Elor Azaria."
This lamentable but understandable reaction in the part of soldiers is an incredibly dangerous one. Not only because it contributes to diminished protection of Israeli citizens but also because it contributes to the tarnishing of Israel's image. Negative media leads directly to negative consequences on the ground.
Israeli shoots dead Palestinian after group of children comes under attackIDF says settler shot a Palestinian in the chest after large crowd of locals from Qusra near Nablus began throwing rocks at a group of Israeli children visiting the area; Samaria Regional Council describes attempted 'lynch against a group of tourists' while Yesh Din claims man was toiling the land before being shot.Keren Perlman, the mother of one of the children, said her son told her the Palestinians "sprayed pepper spray into the cave" the children were hiding in. "They took their bags, equipment and candy," she added."He also told me many children made vows, about the feeling of imminent death, about (children) saying the 'Shema Yisrael' prayer, and about heart-rending crying," Perlman added.She criticized the IDF for taking too long to arrive to the children's aid. "It took the army an hour and a half. An hour and a half in which the children hid in a crumbling cave with hundreds of Arabs above them. An hour and a half of the heroic parents standing at the entrance, enduring beatings and stones to protect the children, and the army just didn't bother showing up," she lamented.
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