"The IDF was not there because of threats to Israel, they are there to protect the settlers." If that were 100% true, the IDF would have allowed the settlers to march on Homesh unobstructed. Would have let them stay in Amona, and even Gaza. The fact is, the IDF is there for BOTH reasons. On the one hand, a great number of plots to attack Israelis have been prevented by IDF action in the WB. On the other, the IDF certainly also protects the settlers. Perhaps, on some future happy day, when the PA really administers the areas under its control properly, the settlers there will not be threatened and will not need IDF protection; and there will be no threats to Israel out of Qalkilyah, Tulkarm, Jenin, Baka Al Sharkiyah, or any other PA towns; and the IDF will be able not only to leave the WB, but to release a WHOLE lot of Israeli soldiers to go to college instead of wasting precious years on glorified guard duty.
Greek coast guard seizes ship carrying weapons to Libya (Reuters)
from the article: Israel, PA resume West Bank civil co-ordination severed in Jan.