Ynetnews reports: Despite the significant drop in terror attacks over the past month, the IDF is worried that the upcoming holidays – Passover, Independence Day and Ramadan – will serve to reignite the violence in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and particularly on the Temple Mount.
“We’re preparing for a significant escalation during the holidays, and we’re increasing the amount of troops on the ground to about two more battalions, in addition to the four existing reinforcement battalions,” said a senior officer in the military’s Judea and Samaria Division.
“The holiday period will be the real test for the current situation, with Israelis going out on trips during their time off. We’re identifying more and more alerts of possible threats ahead of the holidays,” he added.
The senior official attributed the relative quiet to extensive operations on the ground to thwart lone wolf terrorism, among other things by mapping the six main areas in the West Bank in which most attacks took place and allocating 40 percent of the forces to these areas.
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