Report: PA Troops to Control Tulkarem, Hevron
(IsraelNN.com) Israel is considering allowing the Palestinian Authority to station troops in Tulkarem and Hevron in the near future, following the deployment of 700 PA troops in Jenin, according to the Jerusalem Post. The PA has already stationed troops in Shechem and Bethlehem, although IDF forces maintain the right to carry out counterterrorist operations in both cities.
Israel has agreed to allow the PA's forces to import armored personnel carriers from Russia, along with weapons and ammunition. The troops that will be stationed in Jenin are currently undergoing United States training in Jordan.
Hevron Jews: PA Troops 'Extremely Dangerous'
(IsraelNN.com) Hevron's Jewish community expressed concern on Monday over reports in the Jerusalem Post according to which Israel is considering allowing Palestinian Authority troops to deploy in Tulkarem and Hevron in the near future. The deployment of PA troops would be "extremely dangerous" for Hevron's Jews, said spokesman David Wilder.
PA forces have been involved in terrorist attacks on Jews in recent months, and members of the PA security forces were responsible for the murder of two young Jewish hikers near Hevron in December of last year. While PA troops are responsible for preventing terrorist attacks, many of the troops are themselves former members of terrorist groups who joined the force as part of an amnesty deal with the PA.