How Many Major-Generals Does the PA Need?

(Palestinian Media Watch) Lt.-Col. (res.) Maurice Hirsch - A 2017 report by Aman - a European-funded NGO which enjoys the cooperation of the PA - showed that between 2013 and 2017 the number of officers in the different PA security apparatuses grew from 23,163 to 30,313. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of major-generals grew from 68 to 144. Members of the PA security apparatuses who were imprisoned by Israel for participating in acts of terrorism continue to rise in rank as if their prison terms were part of their military service. According to PA regulations, those who spent 25-30 years in prison receive the rank of major-general. Much of the rise in the number of officers in the PA security apparatus may be due to the release of long-term terrorists. The writer is head of legal strategies for Palestinian Media Watch. He served for 19 years in the IDF Military Advocate General Corps, including as Director of the Military Prosecution in Judea and Samaria.

2019-06-14 00:00:00

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