Three-Front Top-Level Security Alert

With Israel Police on its highest alert status nationwide in preparation for possible violence on at least three fronts, no major incidents have been recorded as of 1:30 PM.

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Hillel Fendel and Yechiel Spira , | updated: 05:16

Police were on the highest alert status Friday, in anticipation of expected protests by Muslim worshipers after Temple Mount prayers against this week’s Beit Hanoun artillery mishap. Police also feared possible violent protests in opposition to the gay pride event held in the Givat Ram Stadium in the capital.

On a third front, the gravest and most wide-ranging, police around the country were on high alert following open threats of a resumption of suicide attacks by Fatah and Hamas terrorist leaders.

Police Chief Moshe Karadi placed his entire department on the emergency status, with an emphasis on Green Line perimeter areas, the Jerusalem envelope area and the capital. Intelligence community officials report over 80 general terror warnings, including 20 specific warnings of planned attacks.

Some 3,000 policemen were assigned to the Givat Ram homosexual event, but were left mostly idle. The event's organizers agreed yesterday to cancel their march and replace it with a closed stadium event - and the religious protestors agreed to tone down their protests to next-to-nothing.

Isolated clashes between members of the opposing camps, including one in which several homosexuals insisted on marching in public, were easily dealt with by police. Several anti-march protestors were arrested, allegedly with weapons in their possession.

Close to 3,500 buses had been reserved to bring hundreds of thousands of religious protestors to the capital. The protest leaders asked for the release of those arrested in this week's anti-march violence, as well as a promise for no homosexual event next year. Jerusalem Police Chief Ilan Franco said that no deal had been made, and that "nothing of significance" had been promised the religious leaders.

The police were also focusing on expected Arab protests against this week's attack in northern Gaza in which 19 Gazans were killed when Israeli anti-Kassam artillery fire went awry.

The Arab High Monitoring Committee met on Thursday in Be’er Sheva, and the Israeli-Arab leadership announced a protest rally against the Beit Hanoun incident to be held Friday afternoon in Nazareth. Simultaneous protests were expected around the country, as well as over the weekend.

Police imposed restrictions on today's Temple Mount Moslem prayers, based on intelligence received of planned disturbances. Only males with Israeli identity cards and who are over age 45 were permitted to attend the services, and no Palestinian Authority females were allowed in. The move excluded all PA residents and younger males, in an effort to ward off violence and incitement. In the event, no violence was recorded.


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