A company of Border Police soldiers have been stationed in Yitzhar following the attack on a military post near the settlement, the IDF spokesman said Friday morning.
Central Commander chief Nitzan Alon has issued a warrant for the seizure of the "Od Yosef Chai" yeshiva and studies at the Talmudic college have been halted until further notice.
The IDF said the decision to have soldiers manning the yeshiva was made according to operational considerations, as it serves as the headquarters out of which violent attacks against nearby Palestinian villages and security forces are launched.
The yeshiva was evacuated overnight ahead of the military's takeover, and was turned into a Border Police outpost.
The company has been stationed in Yitzhar "in light of the recent acts violence against security forces and in order to meet security demands," the IDF spokesman said.
The IDF spokesman also said that the army and the defense system considers the recent acts of violence and lawlessness to be very grave and will take any measure to put an end to such violence.
"But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad (Exodus 1:12)," the yeshiva wrote in response to the IDF's takeover.
"This is the first time the State of Israel closes a place of Torah study, because of the Torah being taught there," the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva said. "Turning the yeshiva's building to a military post is an act of desecration of a holy place, according to the Jewish halacha."
"The yeshiva was previously banished from Joseph's Tomb, but its voice has become louder and louder despite the authorities' constant harassment. In this case as well the yeshiva intends, God willing, to continue Torah study and continue broadcasting the voice of the Torah in the area."
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