IDF braces for more violence after day of terror

New violence rocked Israel with three stabbings and an Arab terrorist shot dead by police, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Israelis to be on maximum alert against “terrorism.”

Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat on Thursday urged all Jerusalem residents with gun permits to carry their weapons on them due to the increased terror threat.

In Judea-Samaria, meanwhile, men thought to be undercover Israeli police opened fire on a group of Palestinian terrorists stone-throwers they had infiltrated, wounding three of them.

Some in the security forces have expressed satisfaction that the more severe incidents did not result in a high number of casualties, and attribute this to speedy, determined reactions on the part of soldiers, police and civilians.

Four reinforcement brigades deployed to Judea-Samaria last Thursday will continue to be active over the next few days, according to two main modes of operation: An increase in nighttime arrests of those active in popular terrorism, such as leaders of riots, high-profile agitators and stone-throwers, alongside “containment” of the many ongoing riots in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria. Forces have been instructed to halt riots from spreading to roads, towns and army posts.

In contrast to the Second Intifada, during which terrorists committed suicide attacks deep within Israel or made murderous infiltrations into Israel alongside enormous protests including thousands of rioters, it appears that there are no current plans to limit the movements of the Palestinian population.

The policy of the IDF’s Central Command is to continue to separate terrorism from the local population, based on the perception that continuing the easing of restrictions on movement and working in Israel will be a restraining factor that can prevent a larger conflagration.

The reliance on the economic factor as an element to prevent escalation can be seen in cities like Qalqilya, next to Kfar Saba, where the IDF has continued allowing Arab Israelis to enter to conduct business.