Israeli settlers in the West Bank vandalized an Israel Defense Forces base on Wednesday, carrying out a “price tag” operation against the army for the first time since adopting the policy in recent years.
Unknown perpetrators infiltrated a base in the Binyamin region and snuck their way to a mechanics workshop on site, where they slashed the tires and cut the cables of 12 army vehicles.
The vandals sprayed the word “price tag” on the walls, as well as other graffiti referring to the three illegal homes demolished by the IDF in the outpost of Migron on Monday.
IDF officials called the incident on Wednesday grave and unprecedented, as it marks the first time settlers had carried out a planned act of vandalism against army equipment.
The Yesha Council, which represents West Bank settlers, strongly condemned the act and called on the perpetrators to turn themselves in.
Opposition leader and Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni said that the act crossed a “dangerous red line” and called on all Israeli leaders to condemn it.
Extremists adopted their “price tag” policy to demonstrate discontent with the government’s decision to freeze construction in West Bank settlements, but have directed their operations thus far at Palestinians.
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