Israeli Base Vandalized by ‘Right-Wing Activists,’ Army Says

An Israeli army base in the West Bank was vandalized overnight by some 50 “right-wing activists” who set fire to tires and damaged vehicles, the army said in an e-mailed statement today.

In a separate incident last night, 17 activists entered a closed military zone on the border with Jordan and occupied an abandoned structure in the area until they were ejected by Israeli authorities, an Israeli army spokeswoman said, speaking anonymously in accordance with military regulation.

The army “expects the local council heads and the community rabbis to reject these severe activities,” the army said.

The activists were spurred by rumors that Israel is planning to evacuate several unauthorized settler outposts in the West Bank in the near future, the Haaretz daily reported.

To contact the reporter on this story: Calev Ben-David in Jerusalem at cbendavid@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Sharon Wrobel in Tel Aviv at swrobel4@bloomberg.net

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