Answers to Questions by Yair Davidiy (22 August 2017, 30 Av, 5777)
Â Some people claim that the military government in part of Judea and Samaria means that any soldier can command any person to do practically anything; for example, stay at home and don't come out for three days. To what extent is this true?
Israeli soldiers while on duty AVOID contact with Arabs. Israeli soldiers will not enter an Arab settlement unless its inhabitants are endangering Israeli soldiers or civilians, and even then they will think twice, or thrice, or more before doing so. If the Arabs do not want Israeli soldiers telling them what to do then they should not throw stones, rocks, and Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles, not try to harm Israeli women and children, not attempt to send people with bombs or knives or whatnot on their bodies to hurt Israelis. They should NOT encourage and give refuge to terrorist murderers.
Personally I quite agree that Israeli soldiers should not have to do any of the things mentioned. There are other solutions. In 1970â€“71 General Arik Sharon had the task of placating Gaza. Anyone caught throwing stones at Israeli soldiers was given the equivalent of two days wages and a water canteen. They were then sent across the border to Jordan. If the culprit was under age then his father would be sent in his place. If the father could not be found the uncle would go. And so on.
And guess what?
The stone-throwing stopped.