IDF gears up for ‘Day of Rage’ after day of terror

The IDF’s Judea and Samaria Division has been preparing unprecedented security for Friday out of concern that noon prayers will result in rioting of thousands of Palestinians in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. Thousands of troops will be placed along roads and flashpoints, while IDF officers and Palestinian security apparatuses coordinate their response.

Palestinians have designated Friday a “Day of Rage” amid ongoing violence. Just on Thursday, eight Israelis were wounded by attacks, while police clashed with Palestinian terrorists, resulting in injuries on both sides.

Friday could prove to be a watershed moment in the current wave of unrest. Hamas has been doing everything it can to bring the Palestinian public to conflict with Israel. Hassan Yousef, a Hamas leader, warned that on Friday the entire Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and Gaza Strip would be ablaze with demonstrations. This was a relatively unusual statement, as Hamas leaders have tried to keep a low profile, fearing arrest.