The outgoing commander of the Ephraim brigade, Col. Eran Niv, has ordered soldiers at roadblocks in his sector to detain settlers who verbally abuse them during inspections at the crossing points, and turn them over to the police.
That's pretty funny, because I was just talking to my fellow settlers about how unprofessional some of the soldier's manning the roadblocks have been getting again.
Instead of inspecting cars and the road, they are busy chatting each other up (these are gender-mixed roadblocks) -often to the point where there could be a traffic jam for a kilometer down the road.
And instead of moving cars to be inspected to the side to the inspection area, they check them on the main road - stopping all traffic while the car get checks.
And they certainly never open up enough lanes, despite so many soldiers/security/police hanging out at the booths with the pretty girls in them.
And there is more cellphone usage than ever.
And I've run into one or two (a very small minority) that have been very nasty.
But usually it is the police that are harassing the people trying to pass through the road blocks.
But honestly, the concern here is more for the soldiers.
I think it was just around 2 years ago that the Gush Etzion Machsom was shot up by terrorists - because all the soldiers were busy on cellphones and chatting each other up - and not busy enough doing their job properly.
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