Haaretz, 08.03.15


Col. Einav Shalev, the Central Command’s operations officer [...] added: “There are places where we have thinned out the amount of training significantly [...]. [W]e, as a military system, bring down much of the training to the Jordan Valley.”

Also last May, the IDF informed a number of Palestinian families in the firing zone, with whom it had been negotiating, that they had 48 hours to leave. [...]

[R]esearcher Dror Etkes, who is involved in a study of “closed areas” in the West Bank, told Haaretz, “This is another example of the fiction known as firing zones, which cover almost 1 million dunams in the West Bank. Most of them are not used by the army but constitute land reserves, of which Israel is gradually making use when it suits.”