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November 22, 2015 6:59 pm

Israeli Minister: Israelis in Gush Etzion, Hebron Area Feel Like They’re Living in War Zone

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The scene of the shooting attack near Hebron. Photo: Twitter.

The scene of a shooting attack near Hebron. Photo: Twitter.

Israeli residents of Gush Etzion and the Hebron area in the West Bank feel like they are living in a war zone, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked told Army Radio on Sunday.

“There are terrorist attacks almost every day — each day one terrorist attack or even more,” she said, making the remarks just moments after she said she learned that a 21-year-old Israeli woman became the latest Israeli casualty in Gush Etzion, a constellation of Israeli settlements between Jerusalem and Hebron in the West Bank.

The victim was Hadar Buchris of Safed in Israel, and she was stabbed to death standing at a common hitchhiking post in Gush Etzion — as hitchhiking remains a popular way of traveling through the West Bank.

“I hope the situation will improve, but it was certainly a very sad and difficult incident,” said the justice minister and member of the Jewish Home Party, whose support base is strongly represented among the Israeli settlement population.

“We believe that sooner or later we’re going to have to enter some of these areas, into certain villages, and remove the weapons from them. We have to begin consolidating and preparing for a wide-scale operation in this area,” she said.

Shaked said the operation would ultimately have to extend beyond areas already under Israeli military control into territories under full Palestinian security and civil control, or territories known as Area A.

Shaked agreed that the operation would be something along the lines of Operation Defensive Shield during the Second Intifada, when the IDF entered Palestinian cities like Jenin and Nablus and imposed strict curfews and restrictions on movement, in response to a wave of suicide bombings that killed dozens of Israelis.

Eighteen Israelis and an American Jewish tourist have been killed in Palestinian stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks since the Jewish High Holidays in September, while some 83 Palestinians have been killed either carrying out attacks or in confrontations with Israeli security officers in the West Bank and near Jerusalem, Reuters reported.

According to AFP, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is focusing security efforts on Hebron, where he said most of the recent attacks against Israel were originating. The IDF announced it had arrested eight Palestinians in the Hebron area overnight on Saturday.

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  • Israelis ARE living in a WAR ZONE – no surprise they feel like it! Terrorism is WAR – an ‘intifada’ is WAR – Hellzballah meeting Hamas in Beirut plans more WAR – missiles from Syria and Hamas and sometimes ISIS-Sinai land inside Israel.

    Nope. I aint shocked residents feel they live in a war zone.
    They DO!

    May the GOD of ISRAEL protect you!


  • arne normann

    It seems we europeans have to learn to protect our livs according to how the israeli people have learned after so many years of struggle with arabs. The arabs seems to be on warpats to conquer everywhere. For a long time we did not listen to what happened on israeli soil, and now we have to face some of the same problems. In Oslo (Norway) the most common name for newborn babys (last year) was Muhammed….

    • Florres

      I don’t know if that is a good thing both anti-semite groups Europeans and Muslims more militarized?

  • NuritG

    Israelis in Gush Etzion, Hebron Area are Living in War Zone and so are all the citizens in Israel because no one knows from where the next stabber will come. The government of Netanyahu lost its mandate to govern because it is not able to protect its citizen, the foremost job ii has been assigned to perform.

  • Ted Crawford

    Would it be so horrible to simply get it over with and annex Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem? After all, they are historically part of Israel, not “disputed territories”. Israel needs to stop playing “shell” games with these people!

  • Jewish right to live in peace throughout Israel must be enforced r10

    Why as a Jew does the world think it has a right to torture me? Israel was created to prevent this. Yet on my home soil someone thinks that he has a right to torture me because I am a Jew.
    Israel of all places in the world should be my sanctuary especially because it is the official Jewish state for all Jews. Is it because I am a Jew that I deserve missiles to be thrown upon me? Is it because I am a Jew that another Jew has the right to prevent me from praying to my God on the Temple Mount?
    Many Jewish souls died in the Diaspora and continue to die, including in Israel for the sole reason that they are Jews. Their fate was in the hand of their leaders. They deserved so much more then being murdered just because they were Jewish. We do not want to repeat the Holocaust again. And nor the expulsion of over a million Jewish families from Arab countries.
    Israel must learn to secure the safety of every citizen under its roof. We declare; Enough of trying to be the advocate for these extremists’ evil people within the Arab-Palestinians population. Israel is the home of the Jewish people. It is written in all of the holy books, the bible and history books, including archeological excavations in Israel, International law and treaties.
    Enough; of trying to accommodate the Arab-Palestinian people; they only thrive on hate and destruction towards me as a Jew and Israel. Israel must be strong and extremely strict with no wavering, in enforcing its laws, its safety, security and sovereignty. Hamas should have been destroyed, just like any other enemy of Israel who wants to destroy her. Order must be restored in the Gaza and everywhere in Greater Israel.
    The Arab-Palestinians in the west bank (Judea and Samaria) thinks they can torture me because I am a Jew. They commit daily terror and violence in Israel in the name of Islam. Enough is enough. The time is not for revenge but for law and order with a clear message to Mahmoud Abbas, aka Abu Mazen, and his terrorist Arab P.A. that these terror and violence acts are his responsibility. If he cannot stop it, Israel will have no alternative, but to take appropriate action to stop terror and violence. Moreover, Hamas the terrorist organization must be eradicated once and for all.
    I am a Jew and I deserve to live in peace in my own country without threat and intimidation. I expect the respect and protection that is due to me especially by my Jewish leaders in my own country.
    All Jews must learn to respect each other no matter their religious practice or opinion. A unified Israel is a strong Israel.
    Among others, I blame the government of Israel for not taking a far, far stronger stand with no holds barred. There is no alternative but denial of citizenship, and deportation, of everyone who is an avowed enemy of the Jewish people and the Jewish state. People will say this is extreme. I say, the situation is extreme. Living with one million plus potential and actual murderers of our men, women and children is extreme.
    How do we know who is an enemy of the State? Anyone who has participated in any act of aggression against Israeli Jews (stone throwing, rioting, vandalizing Jewish cemeteries and holy places, attacks on Jews) is an enemy of the State. Furthermore, the families of these enemies of the State; the schools that teach hate and the destruction of Israel; and anyone who engages in anti-Israel hatred and violence in words or acts, must be treated as enemies of the State.
    I also blame, of course, the anti-Semitism of the rest of the world, including the US government (President, staff, and especially the State Dept), and certainly the EU and the UN (a terrorist supporter), whose extremely biased condemnation and pressures have stopped Israel from taking the necessary steps to protect itself. These are the steps which any other State in the world would be obligated to take and has taken without criticism and condemnation.
    The never ending and the continuance of violence against Israel and its’ citizens must come to an end. How many more of our beautiful people, young and old, must be sacrificed on the altar of the world’s anti-Semitism and our own fear of appearing too self-interested?
    If ever there was a time for self-interest, it is now.
    The Israeli government needs to learn from previous mistakes that ingratiating to the biased international media and to the Arabs only strengthens the Arab resolve and brings more bloodshed and bullying.
    No one has said a word about Egypt bombing Gazan houses and building a wall because Egypt doesn’t give a damn and everyone knows it. Israel needs to have the same attitude and do what is good and secure for its’ people for a change. This will garner more respect, not less. Bullies prey on the weak.
    As for Gaza it will now become solely Israel’s problem and the government will probably be dumb enough to accept the problem as their own. Israel liberals created the Arab-Palestinian people and an idea of an Arab-Palestinian state and now they will probably take responsibility for the people of Gaza to please the world. Makes you sick, does it not!
    The Arabs keep demanding the West Bank as their new State. Israel must face reality and inform the public; that there will never be an Arab state west of the Jordan River. That shall eliminate any delusions of a second Arab terrorist state within the legal borders of Israel and will force Israel and the world to accept other alternatives; like population exchange.
    The Arabs also fail to inform the world, that the Arab states expelled over a million Jewish families from their countries, confiscated all their assets, businesses, homes and Real estate (over 70,000 square miles which is 6 times the size of Israel) most Jewish refugees from Arab countries were resettled in Greater Israel; and today comprise over half the population.
    The Arab-Palestinians have a state which was taken from Israel illegally by the British, it is called Jordan, which about 75% of its citizens now are; Arab-Palestinians citizens and possess a Jordanian citizenship. While the British as trustee for the Jewish people managed the Mandate for Palestine as trustee for the Jews, the British violated the trust and created “The State of Jordan” for the Arabs in the early 1920’s. The British took about 80% of Jewish allocated land under international law, which included all the territory east of the Jordan River under the San Remo Treaty of 1920 which adopted the Balfour Declaration of 1917 and gave it to the Arabs, in violation of the treaty.
    The Arab-Palestinians do not want an Arab State; they have proven to date that they are only interested in the destruction of Israel. Their Charters, Schooling and Media (brainwash) educates and promotes hate, terror and violence towards the Jewish State. An Arab-Palestinian State would have to act responsibly and abide by world criteria of a responsible state, which they cannot and will not adhere to.

    YJ Draiman

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    This is a Jewish newspaper originating in the United States, the second largest Jewish community in the world. There is a huge responsibility for American Jews to help Israel’s cause and afford emotional, psychological, and moral succour to the people of Israel. We–American Jews and Israeli Jews–are one people and must remain one people!

    I would greatly appreciate a change in nomenclature, references,and labelling in future articles written by the Algemeiner staff. First, please do not refer to Judea and Samaria or Yehuda and Shomron as the West Bank. The Jewish people living in Judea and Samaria or Yehuda and Shomron are all Israelis, so please refer to them as Israelis living in Judea or Yehuda and Israelis living in Samaria or Shomron. Secondly, Israeli Jews inhabiting Judea and Samaria are not “settlers”; they are Israelis, the same as those Israelis inhabiting Tel Aviv, Jerusalem. Haifa, Beer Sheva’ Medulla, and Eilat. Those Israelis residing in Judea and Samaria live in villages, towns, cities, kibbutzim, or moshavim, not “settlements.”

    The nomenclature, references, and labels people employ have great emotional and psychological impact on the objects, places, and people they name, classify, or designate. Accordingly, my friends and fellow Jews living in the United States, please seriously consider my request and make a conscious effort to help us Israeli Jews feel just a little more connected to the reality that we face here in Israel with your brotherly and sisterly acknowledgment as well as emotional and psychological support. Thank you!

  • brenrod

    “We believe that sooner or later we’re going to have to enter some of these areas, into certain villages, and remove the weapons from them. We have to begin consolidating and preparing for a wide-scale operation in this area,” she said.

    Shaked is blessed with good jugement and foresight. I lieved in a caribean 3rd wolrd nation with democratic elecections but every few years they had to conduct such an operation… even though they had not terrorism.

    It is time for all of Israel to embrace the settler regardless of Ideologies.. they are not being stabbed and slaughtered by muslims for their ideology but for being Jewish.

    tel aviv must supprt YS, this is why Israel suffers… Tel aviv beleives that if they give YS to the muslims they will live in peace, but there will be no peace for tel aviv is they seek to give YS to the nazzis. The jews must support YS or they will suffer and die… ideology and intellectuality are irrelevant.

  • Time to Accept the Arab Peace Plan of 2002 !

    • Mandrake

      Please propose France to be divided into a French and a Muslim country to eliminate terrorism.

    • Florres

      OK but Arabs have to give the Jews half of each of their 56 countries.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Ayalet Shaked for PM!