Israeli Soldiers Fight Border Police Over Settlers Arrested for Throwing Stones at Palestinians

Two Israeli soldiers suspended following incident, army says it will conduct joint investigation with Border Police into incident ■ Some 50 people participate in protest between Ramallah and Beit El against recent terror attacks

Yotam Berger
Yotam Berger
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
IDF soldiers confront border policemen following arrest of settlers, near Ramallah, West Bank, December 16, 2018.
IDF soldiers confront border policemen following arrest of settlers, near Ramallah, West Bank, December 16, 2018.Credit: Tzvi Succot
Yotam Berger
Yotam Berger

Two Israeli soldiers were suspended from duty after they tried to forcibly release settlers arrested Saturday overnight for hurling stones towards Palestinian homes in the West Bank.

The Israeli Defense Forces spokesman said that the army has opened an investigation into the incident, conducted jointly with the Border Police, who arrested the three settlers during a protest deemed illegal between the Palestinian city of Ramallah and the settlement of Beit El.

Haaretz Weekly podcast, Episode 8

Some 50 people took part in the demonstration, protesting recent terror attacks in the area.

>> Read more: Cabinet ministers join settler protest of government response to West Bank attacks, vow 'action'As attacks rise, Abbas' weakness and Israeli elections talk may hurt war on terror

Eyewitnesses said the two soldiers tried to make policemen release the suspects. The policemen pushed at least one of the soldiers to the ground after he became violent, according to one eyewitness.

The confrontation between IDF soldiers and Border Police follows reports of multiple attacks and attempted attacks during the past week. Two Israeli soldiers were killed and another soldier and a civilian woman were seriously wounded in a drive-by shooting on Thursday near the West Bank settlement of Ofra.

On Friday, another Israeli soldier was seriously wounded when a Palestinian man reached his outpost and assaulted him with a rock and a knife. He later turned himself in to Israeli authorities on Saturday.

These attacks came several days after six Israelis were wounded and a baby, who was delivered after his mother was, died in a similar drive-by shooting on Sunday in the same area.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:



Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

Already signed up? LOG IN


הקלטות מעוז

Jewish Law Above All: Recordings Reveal Far-right MK's Plan to Turn Israel Into Theocracy

איתמר בן גביר

Why I’m Turning My Back on My Jewish Identity

Travelers looking at the Departures board at Ben Gurion Airport. The number of olim who later become yordim is unknown.

Down and Out: Why These New Immigrants Ended Up Leaving Israel

Beatrice Grannò and Simona Tabasco as Mia and Lucia in "The White Lotus."

The Reality Behind ‘The White Lotus’ Sex Work Fantasy

The Mossad hit team in Dubai. Exposed by dozens of security cameras

This ‘Dystopian’ Cyber Firm Could Have Saved Mossad Assassins From Exposure

מליאת הכנסת 28.12.22

Comeback Kid: How Netanyahu Took Back Power After 18 Months in Exile