Are the settlers armed?Yes, they usually defend themselves. They were escorted by a pretty significant force. I don’t know if they went into houses. I assume they walked on the trails on this road, and if not on the trails then through the fields. It’s mostly fields, olive groves and plantations there. The situation is very complicated between the army and the civilians. Generally, either the Jews do it and it’s a mess or the Jews do it and it isn’t a mess. Usually, the area commander prefers to be there with them to make sure there’s no mess.
Who makes the decision if something like that happens?With the brigade commander’s authorization. The battalion commander can come and say, “this is nuts.” But it’s not as nuts as them doing that, making a mess.
Is it possible to prevent them from doing it?No.
And what if Palestinians want to march through Yitzhar?The Palestinians won’t want to march through Yitzhar. Maybe because they understand that it’s stupid, maybe because they understand that they have nothing to look for there. They’ll get beaten, shot, lots of tear gas, stones. They also don’t have any option to arrange such a thing with the army.