Netanyahu Orders Crackdown in Yitzhar

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered a crackdown on extremists accused of assaulting Israeli troops and destroying an IDF post in Yitzhar on Tuesday.

Police on Wednesday arrested two individuals for alleged involvement in the violence which came shortly after security forces demolished four illegal structures in the small community in the Shomron near Shechem. One was a man in his 20s from Gilad Farm, the other in his 40s, police said.

In addition, a 16-year-old boy in Yitzhar was arrested after throwing rocks at a police car early Wednesday morning.

Condemnations of the anti-IDF violence came from various quarters, including President Shimon Peres, from Beijing, where he is making a state visit.

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon told Israel Radio on Wednesday that he doesn’t know of a single Knesset member who condones attacks on the security forces or their property.