Umm el-Fahm authorities demand to cancel IDF exercises

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 Umm al-Fahm authorities demand cancellation of IDF exercises< /p>

ynet reporter Yossi Yeshua has published a letter from Umm el-Fahm Mayor Dr Samir Mohamid to Defense Minister Benny Gantz.

Mayor Mohamid is demanding that Minister Gantz cancel that portion of the IDF's massive Chariot of Fire exercise in Umm al-Fahm and Wadi Ara.

it will be difficult for a soldier after such exercises to change the idea of ​​u200bu200bUmm el-Fahm as an”enemy”.

Within the framework of the Chariots of Fire; The IDF must work out the war on several fronts – in Gaza, Lebanon, Judea and Samaria, as well as the suppression of rebellions in mixed cities. The most important component of the exercises is the transfer of forces to the north and south. Umm al-Fahm is located on the main highway leading to the northern border, and the movement of vehicles through the city when working out such scenarios is inevitable.

Six months ago, the IDF conducted a limited exercise in Umm al-Fahm, but this &ldquo ;spawned resentment in the city”.

Mayor Mahmid claims. that the exercise would “deal a critical blow to the feelings of residents” as well as to “the fabric of coexistence in the city”.

Minister Benny Gantz's office said it would “consider” mayor's request.

Umm al-Fahm exercises are to take place on May 22-26.

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