TEL AVIV, August 31, 2011 (WAFA) – The Israeli army is training Jewish settlers in the West Bank and supplying them with tear gas and stun grenades in preparation for “Operation Summer Seeds,” which aims to ready the Israeli army for Palestinian “mass disorder’ coinciding with the Palestinian bid to gain full United Nations membership of a Palestinian state within 1967 borders in September, said Haaretz newspaper on Tuesday.
Haaretz obtained a document that included a plan to train and arm Jewish settlers by the Israeli army. The latest activity was training sessions for the chief security officers of settlements, held at a military installation near Shiloh in the northern West Bank on Monday.
Moreover, the Israeli army has been training the readiness squads of settlements for several weeks at the Lachish base, which is used as a command training center, ahead of September.
Haaretz reported on two defense lines being set up by the Israeli army around settlements near Palestinian villages; the first, if crossed by Palestinian demonstrators, will be met with tear gas and other means for dispersing crowds. At the second, the “red line,” if crossed, would allow Israeli soldiers to open fire at Palestinians’ feet.
Israeli Army Trains, Arms Jewish Settlers against Palestinians