A military probe into the events at Joseph's Tomb in Nablus on May 30 has cast blame on the courts system, which fails to deal adequately with individuals who disturb the peace, according to army investigators.
The probe followed an authorized mass gathering of Jewish worshipers at the tomb in the wake of which around 200 individuals holed up at the site and were subsequently forcibly removed by Border Police forces.
Military officials are now requesting help from the Shin Bet security service in dealing with individuals who disturb the peace.
On Sunday, the army will once again temporarily open the site to Jewish worshipers, following an about face by GOC Central Command Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi.
The probe into the May 30 incident was conducted by Samaria Brigade commander Col. Nimrod Aloni, who is set to hand over his findings to the Israel Defense Forces' Central Command.
One of Aloni's conclusions focuses on the army's need to handle such incidents "in the absence of a court or its influence," due to operational guidelines that include instructions not to arrest the infiltrators but merely to prevent their entry into the compound.
The investigation reveals much discontent at the Central Command in recent months with regard to the courts system, which releases - unconditionally for the most part - individuals who have been detained following unrest and infiltrations in Area A, which is under Palestinian security and civilian control.
Military officials have noted a series of incidents in which detainees received court orders banning them from entering Jericho or Nablus for a period of two weeks, seemingly ignoring the fact that Israeli citizens are normally forbidden from entering those places in general.
Military officials have also bemoaned the courts' perceived leniency in dealing with Palestinians who are caught in Israel without permits.
According to the military officials, the "revolving door" undermines the soldiers' motivation to apprehend such individuals.
Central Command officials are considering a number of steps to counter the situation, including taking up the matter with the justice minister.
The IDF would also like to enlist the help of the Shin Bet's Jewish division, which could provide intelligence and also recommendations for administrative measures against disturbers of the peace.
The Shin Bet, however, is reportedly against getting involved, arguing that it is not its job to deal with such individuals.
Following the latest incident at the tomb, Mizrahi declared that he intended to put an end to infiltrations in the Nablus area.
Mizrahi, however, has retracted his decision and has decided to authorize entry to the area this Sunday, the beginning of the Jewish month of Tamuz and the anniversary of Biblical Joseph's death.
While the Central Command wants to restrict access to rein in the right-wing extremists among the settlers, they fear prohibiting entry will only lead to a wave of unauthorized infiltrations.
According to the IDF Spokesman's Office, "In light of the significance of the event, the GOC of the Central Command has decided to allow the visit in a coordinated and controlled manner."
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