New settlement freeze will be harder for Israel to enforce, say police
Series of obstacles include the willingness of settlers to counter the freeze order more aggressively than in the past because of their disappointment over the imposition of another moratorium.
Enforcing a possible new settlement construction freeze will be significantly more difficult than last time, according to police sources and Civil Administration officials, who say the inclusion of ongoing projects in the moratorium will complicate matters.
Defense establishment sources said they have still not began preparing officially for an end to the construction in settlements, though they expect a number of difficulties in imposing the freeze. The defense establishment is expecting to have to act quickly to close down all Israeli construction sites in the territories.
There are currently dozens of construction sites in the West Bank and Civil Administration inspectors will be forced to confiscate equipment and on rare occasions also resort to the razing of the structures themselves should the building continue.
A senior police source pointed out to a series of other obstacles, including the willingness of settlers to counter the freeze order more aggressively than in the past, in part because of their disappointment over the imposition of another moratorium.
The freezing of ongoing projects could also cause financial harm to some settlers, who may react violently. The source said enforcing the freeze would require more forces and resources.
In the last freeze, which expired in September, much of the energy and effort was initially invested in patrols by inspectors, who documented the situation in order to ascertain where unpermitted construction had begun.
In many places patrols were blocked by protesters and it was necessary to deploy large police forces in order to allow inspectors to proceed.
However, following a month of protest, the atmosphere became calmer and the inspectors carried out their missions without significant opposition.
The police eventually made do with the special district police forces and the 14 Border Police companies in Judea and Samaria to enforce the freeze.
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