YNetNews By: Op Ed
Op-ed: The army takes over security from the PA at night, when it can quietly apprehend would-be ‘martyrs’; we should discuss young Palestinians’ desire to kill and be killed as an escape.
The night between Wednesday and Thursday this week was saturated with rain. It fell periodically. It began with a sprinkle, putting the windscreen wipers at dilemma whether or not to move, sometimes getting stronger and sometimes drizzling again. A soft English rain, the last winter rain or the first spring rain. It was two o’clock in the morning. The convoy of seven armored military vehicles crossed the Ofer camp. The electric barrier was pushed aside, the vehicle lights went out, and the communications network was filled with voices. We entered Beitunia, a Palestinian town in area A, which is the southwestern portion of Ramallah.
During the day, a Palestinian policeman is stationed at the side of the bridge that marks the entrance to the town. This is the Palestinian Authority’s way to demonstrate sovereignty. At night, he disappears. The night kingdom belongs to the IDF; the day kingdom belongs to the Authority, with reservations. If the IDF decides there are special circumstances, it can also enter during the day. The only neighborhood the IDF is careful to avoid entering is the Muqata, the central government compound in Ramallah. Muqata is out of bounds by command.