Israel 'Unprepared' To Continue West Bank Operation

By i24
Posted on 10/02/22 | News Source: i24

Reservists lack equipment and receive faulty weapons

Israel's military is "logistically unprepared" to continue its major West Bank arrest operation begun earlier this year following a series of terrorist attacks, according to the state comptroller.

Matanyahu Englman published the "urgent" report on Sunday.

The state comptroller's office found that reservist troops serving at the military post of Yakir, near the settlement of the same name in the central West Bank, lacked essential equipment, and that conscripts undergoing training at the Kfir Brigade training base had poor living conditions.

Englman said he carried out the rapid check as part of the Israeli army's "Break the Wave" counterterrorism operation in the West Bank for several months, after a series of attacks that killed 19 between mid-March and early May.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) doubled its military presence in the West Bank and along the security fence, increasing the number of battalions in the area from 13 to 26.