There is no greater microcosm through which to explore the limits of the use of force than Hebron right now. There are very clear causes and consequences of force in the area at the moment and to examine them takes mere moments, let’s start with the facts.

  1. Sgt. Gal Gabriel Kobi was shot in the neck and died of his wounds a day later.
  2. The act of shooting him brought soldiers into the homes of Palestinians all over Hebron and a curfew (since lifted) on the city.
  3. The Prime Minister authorized “the immediate resettlement of Beit Hamachpela, a building near the West Bank city’s Tomb of Patriarchs which was previously boarded up by order of the Defense Ministry.”

So tell me who wins from all of this?

The IDF has imposed curfews and conducted house to house searches for terrorists in the West Bank for over 45 years, we have been settling there for over 30 years.

The Palestinian sniper made the lives of Palestinians worse through his actions not better. He has brought the IDF right down on the heads of the population while they look for him. He also ensured that Israel gave the green light to a settlement project that was previously stopped.

From the Israeli side; sending troops into the homes of Palestinians and giving the green light to further settlement won’t stop terrorism, if anything it will make it worse.

How do I know?

Because we’ve been here so, so many times before.