IDF Removes Hundreds of Rifles from Yesha Communities
(IsraelNN.com) The IDF has taken away hundreds of rifles from communities in the Binyamin region in Samaria, Voice of Israel government radio reported. Members of emergency teams were allowed to retain their weapons, but one Yesha security officer said that the military establishment has refused to authorize weapons for new team members, even though several of them are experienced combat officers. The Defense Ministry has been planning the removal of the weapons for two years but previously backed down in the face of continuing Arab terrorism.
Security officials of the communities expressed concern that they will be left with little defense at the same time that the government has ordered the removal of dozens of roadblocks and blockades designed to restrict travel by Arab terrorists.