IDF Expects Arabs to March on Beit El Sunday
Army does not forecast large scale '3rd Intifada' violence, but is not sure if PA will be able to block rioters.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/11/2011, 10:31 PM / Last Update: 5/11/2011, 10:49 PM
The IDF does not forecast large scale violence in Judea and Samaria on the May 15 "Third Intifada" or "Nakba Day" that Arabs have been organizing on the Internet.
Nonetheless, the IDF is preparing for a situation in which Arabs march from Ramallah on Beit El. The IDF is concerned the PA's forces will be unable to block the rioters, and is preparing for this contingency.
A senior security source told Arutz Sheva's Haggai Huberman that the Palestinian Authority wishes to show the world that it is in control of its population and that it is able to contain demonstrations and prevent violence. The PA wants to convince the international community that it is worthy of a state, the source explained.
The IDF and the PA are closely following activity in the mosques in Judea and Samaria, from which trouble is apparently expected to begin. The PA has received permission from Israel to place observers in all of the mosques in Judea and Samaria, including the ones that can only be accessed through Israeli-controlled territory. "The Palestinian Authority is in full control of what the imams in the mosques say," the source revealed. "They arrest any imam who strays from their instructions."
The senior source admitted that Israel does not know whether the PA will be able to block a violent outbreak next week. "It is not clear," he said. "Hamas has its people who brainwash the Palestinian public."
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