So­lu­tions?What

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ANSHEL PF­EF­FER

EV­ERY DAY that has passed in the latest round of vi­o­lence in Jerusalem, the West Bank and within Is­rael’s pre-1967 borders, has brought new sug­ges­tions from politi­cians, the media and se­cu­rity ex­perts on how to curb the terror at­tacks.

The one thing they all have in com­mon is that none of­fer a fea­si­ble so­lu­tion, be­cause — as most se­nior of­fi­cers in the IDF and Shin Bet ad­mit — there is lit­tle that can be done to pre­vent the most preva­lent kind of at­tack cur­rently be­ing car­ried out: spo­radic stab­bings and, in a few cases, shoot­ings by in­di­vid­u­als ap­par­ently act­ing of their own ac­cord.

The Is­raeli mil­i­tary oper­a­tions in the lat­ter stage of the Sec­ond In­tifada, which pe­tered out in 2004, suc­ceeded in dec­i­mat­ing the mil­i­tary struc­ture and hi­er­ar­chies of the var­i­ous Pales­tinian or­gan­i­sa­tions, par­tic­u­larly Ha­mas and Is­lamic Ji­had.

In their place came in­creas­ingly ef­fi­cient co-or­di­na­tion be­tween Is­rael’s forces and the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity’s se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus, which was funded and trained by the United States and Europe.

Be­tween them they largely kept the calm in the West Bank and pre­vented ri­val Pales­tinian groups from re­build­ing their op­er­a­tional cells. As a re­sult, when vi­o­lence has re­turned, it has al­most al­ways been “pop­u­lar”, car­ried out by in­di­vid­u­als, or at the most groups of two or three at­tack­ers with no ex­ter­nal sup­port.

Af­ter the shoot­ing mur­der of Ei­tam and Naama Henkin in the heart of the West Bank a fort­night ago, some min­is­ters called for a sec­ond Op­er­a­tion De­fen­sive Shield, like the one or­dered by Ariel Sharon in 2002 af­ter a par- tic­u­larly hor­ren­dous round of sui­cide bomb­ings.

But such an op­er­a­tion is sim­ply not re­al­is­tic in 2015, when there are no longer ac­tive strongholds of the Pales­tinian armed move­ments in the West Bank to at­tack.

As the re­al­i­sa­tion has sunk in of how many of the cur­rent at­tacks are be­ing driven by online in­cite­ment, there have been calls to crack down on vir­tual en­cour­age­ment of vi­o­lence.

On Sun­day, Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu in­structed the Jus­tice Min­istry to pre­pare a case for out­law­ing the Is­lamic Move­ment — the main body ag­i­tat­ing over Tem­ple Mount.

Other Is­raeli politi­cians called to put the move­ment’s lead­ers in ad­min­is­tra­tive ar­rest. How­ever the con­sen­sus within the le­gal com­mu­nity is that it will be hard to de­fend such a move. The Is­lamic Move­ment has been care­ful not to en­gage in illegal ac­tiv­ity or di­rectly call for vi­o­lent acts.

Is­raeli se­cu­rity forces stand guard in front of the Damascus Gate en­trance to Jerusalem’s Old City

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