Netanyahu denounces base vandalism

Sept. 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM
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JERUSALEM, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu denounced settlers' "price-tag" vandalism on an Israeli military base.

In the first time vandals infiltrated an Israeli military base, vandals set fire to a military vehicle, broke windows of 13 vehicles, threw a fire bomb at another and punctured tires of military jeeps Wednesday at army base outside the Beit El settlement, The Jerusalem Post reported.

"This was an abhorrent crime directed against commanders and vehicles, the mission of which is to protect the lives of Israeli civilians in Judea and Samaria," Netanyahu said.

On Thursday, the Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported, Israeli settlers set fire to two cars, spayed anti-Muslim and anti-Arab slogans on the walls of a mosque and uprooted 35 olive trees near Nablus.

The Post said police have established a task force in an effort to find those behind the "price-tag" attacks, in which vandals use the Hebrew acronym for price tag as a sign of the "price" for restrictions on settlements.

Haaretz reported the base vandalism is presumed to be a response to the demolition this week of three homes in the illegal Migron outpost.

Israeli Chief of Staff Benny Gantz blamed a "gang of extremist criminals" for the vandalism on the base and said "the (military) is not the enemy."

Slogans denouncing Col. Sa'ar Tzur, commander of the Ramallah Brigade, had been sprayed on damaged vehicles, Haaretz said.

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