The IDF is taking the Palestinian factions’ threat of a “harsh response” seriously, but has not deployed additional forces in the area at this time.
Following the drive-by shooting – and murder – of two IDF soldiers Thursday, the IDF heightened its activity in the West Bank. It launched a massive man-hunt to capture the murderer, who turned himself in Friday. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel would accelerate efforts to destroy terrorists’ homes in response.
As scenes of tear gas being used against angry foreigners hurling rocks and storming the fence on the U.S.’s southern border appear in the media, they are a stark reminder of similar images depicting the conflict on Israel’s southern border. A closer look reveals that seemingly unconnected events in Israel were precursors, opening up the door for similar horrors to befall the rest of the world.
A Palestinian terrorist ran over three IDF soldiers in Gush Etzion just south of Jerusalem. Two soldiers were lightly wounded and the third was taken to the Ein Kerem Hospital in moderate condition. The attack occurred just after noon as the soldiers were carrying out engineering work on a road between Beit Ummar and El-Arub…. Read more »
A “sharp increase” in Palestinian violence has been seen in the past few months at the Israel borders, including two deadly terror attacks in the Barkan Industrial Park and Gush Etzion, as well as attempted stabbings at Israel Defense Forces soldiers, according to a report released this week by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy.