IDF 'Internal Memo' Leaked to Media on Sunday

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JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Defense Forces leaked an internal memo to Israeli media on Sunday, describing how it will deal with violations of the government's construction freeze in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).

The memo provides details on intelligence gathering and the chain of command for evacuating and demolishing structures deemed illegal in Jewish communities during the government's 10-month construction ban.

The nearly 20-page document, with its maps and illustrations, states that elite police counter-terrorism units may be used, employing "paralyzing force" and the "element of surprise" against the "target bank," The Jerusalem Post reported.

Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrachi, head of the Central Command, authored the document, according to the report.

In response to weekend coverage in the Israel media, the IDF Spokesperson's Office issued a statement.

"As always, the Israel Defense Forces acts according to the directives of the Israeli government. Israeli citizens have a responsibility to leave the IDF, its officers and its soldiers out of politics," the statement read.

"It should be noted that no IAF [Israel Air Force] activity has been planned in this regard. The Civil Administration and the Central Command use privately owned planes rented by the Defense Ministry in order to conduct photography [sic] sorties," it stated.

MK Michael Ben Ari (National Union) said, "We cannot urge the people's army to attack part of the people."

The Yesha Council (an umbrella organization representing Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip) issued a statement in response to the document.

"Anyone who uses military resources meant to fight terrorism against 'enemies' such as young couples who want to build their homes in Judea and Samaria has lost his sense of judgment, along with any restraint," the statement read.

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The Jerusalem Post and Haaretz contributed to this report.

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