Israeli analyst: Night raids should 'continue for years' after peace
Published Saturday 21/12/2013 (updated) 23/12/2013 13:13
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A military analyst said Friday that night raids and arrests in the West Bank "should continue for years" even after the signing of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.
"The Palestinian opposition to the night arrests does not matter," military and security correspondent Roni Daniel told Israeli Channel 2. "Night arrests should continue for years even if there is a peace agreement."
Daniel added: "We arrest stone throwers. If we stop detaining them, the stones will turn to bullets."
Issa Qaraqe, Palestinian Authority minister of prisoners' affairs, told Ma'an that the PA completely rejects this view.
During US-moderated peace negotiations with Israel, Qaraqe said the US proposed a continued Israeli security presence in the Palestinian state after a peace agreement is reached.
The Israeli military carries out nightly raids on villages in the West Bank, in which soldiers regularly enter houses after midnight and detain Palestinians, often minors.
Over the past decade, Israeli forces have arrested, interrogated and prosecuted around 7,000 children between 12 and 17, mostly boys, at a rate equivalent to "an average of two children each day," according to a March report by the UN Children's Fund.
The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.