Is­rael di­vided on riot warn­ings

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BY ANSHEL PF­EF­FER

THE IS­RAELI lead­er­ship is di­vided over the sever­ity of the vi­o­lence ex­pected next month when the Pales­tini­ans are plan­ning to seek an in­de­pen­dent state at the United Na­tions.

The lead­ers of the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity have called upon the Pales­tinian pub­lic to par­tic­i­pate in non­vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions dur­ing the UN vote at the end of Septem­ber.

At the same time, they have di­rected the Pales­tinian se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus to en­sure that these demon­stra­tions take place within the cities and do not spread out into ar­eas un­der Is­raeli con­trol. Se­nior IDF of­fi­cers serv­ing in the West Bank have re­ceived as­sur­ances from their Pales­tinian coun­ter­parts that or­der would be main­tained.

Is­raeli se­cu­rity ser­vices have been pre­par­ing for wide­spread clashes for the past few months, and have drawn up plans to mo­bilise thou­sands of ex­tra sol­diers and po­lice of­fi­cers to­wards the end of Septem­ber.

Anti-riot equip­ment has been stock­piled and the IDF has pur­chased new equip­ment worth £13 mil­lion.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to an in­tel­li­gence re­port pre­sented last week to the Knes­set For­eign and De­fence Af­fairs Com­mit­tee (FDAC), the Pales­tini­ans will re­frain from wide­spread vi­o­lence and make do with rel­a­tively quiet ral- lies. De­spite this re­port, FADC Chair­man MK Shaul Mo­faz, a for­mer de­fence min­is­ter and IDF chief of staff, said that there was a “high prob­a­bil­ity that the IDF will have to call up re­serves”.

Also within the cabi­net, op­pos­ing voices could be heard. For­eign Min­is­ter Avig­dor Lieber­man ac­cused the PA on Sun­day of “plan­ning un­prece­dented vi­o­lence”, and called upon Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu to cut off all ties with the Au­thor­ity.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for Strate­gic Af­fairs, Moshe Yaalon, played down the con­cerns, say­ing that the Pales­tini­ans have no in­ter­est now in vi­o­lence. “I don’t think any­thing out of the or­di­nary will hap­pen,” he said.

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