Judea and Samaria Division Commander Brigadier-General Nitzan Alon, who has recently been under attack from right wing elements, met with Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv. Alon sought a bracha from the gadol and addressed the recent infiltration by mispallelim at Kever Yosef.
During the meeting, Rav Elyashiv said: “There is a halachic prohibition to enter the kever in Nablus without first coordinating the visit with security forces as it constitutes mortal danger to both the mispallelim and the IDF soldiers.”
Extreme right wing leaders have recently made harsh statements against Alon. They see him as the person responsible for activities against settlers and the forceful eviction from outposts.
Earlier this month, Alon’s car was attacked at the Tapuach Junction. Alon left the scene after some right wing youths surrounded his car and kicked it while calling “traitor” at Alon. At first the IDF underrated the incident saying that a few girls tapped on the car and that Alon had not fled the scene.
Later, Chief of Staff Benny Gantz condemned the attack and said there were “attempts to degrade” Alon. “Brigadier-General Alon is an officer who has devoted his life to the safety of Israel and its citizens. I am certain that you, like me, oppose such acts and any attempt at harming the authority of IDF officers. These actions must be condemned.”
Last week, Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered his ministry’s legal advisors to find “any possible way within the limits of the law to stop the lawless harassers” of the Judea and Samaria Division commander.