Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported the information is contained in a military document in their possession. (2)
The training of civilian vigilantes by the Israeli state to deal with proposed peaceful Palestinian protests within their own territory is not only an excess of florid paranoia, but an unmistakable sign to the international community that the Israeli government has no faith in the state's organs' ability to maintain the peace - either within its own territory, or that which it illegally occupies.
If the dramatic increase in 2011 in the number of attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their property - 139 attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank and the destruction of over 3,600 olive trees and vineyards documented in June alone – we have cause to seriously question the sagacity of trusting such a group with the task of maintaining public order, not to mention arming them with lethal weapons to do so.
If we consider that 90% of Israeli police investigations into Israeli settler crimes fail to lead to a prosecution, as reported in Ma'an, we have cause to seriously question the ability of Israeli institutions to guarantee the rule of law to even a minimal standard in the past, or its ability to do so in the future.
In the absence of intelligence, and in the presence of an implied admission – and considerable evidence for – the Israeli state’s inability to operate the necessary civil, military and political institutions necessary to the proper functioning of a state, or to maintain public order, it is clear that immediate international peace-keeping intervention is necessary, to protect Palestinians from what threatens to be a failed-state-sponsored blood-bath.
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