Barak vows ‘iron fist’ against pro-settler activism 22Nov09 November 23, 2009

Ma’an News Agency -  22 November 2009

Settlers shown a court order

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said his country would react with an “iron fist” to put a stop to pro-settler soldiers refusing to evacuate illegal settlements in the West Bank.

At a ceremony last week, several Israeli soldiers held up signs saying they would refuse orders to “evict” Jews from settlement units.

“A state that seeks to survive must use an iron fist to put an end to insubordination from both the left and right,” he said during a closed-door discussion on the issue Saturday, according to the Hebrew-language newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.

Soldiers from the Kfir Brigade have been most vocal in support of the settlements. A few placed anti-evacuation signs on the roof of a military base just after the army razed two outpost settlements, the newspaper said.

An army commander recently found a sign bearing the words, “Kfir doesn’t expel Jews,” the report added.

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