Non-Lethal Weapons for September

Chief of Staff tours Judea and Samaria, briefs local commanders on Arab rioting expected in 3 months.

Gil Ronen, | updated: 22:39

Nakba Riots
Nakba Riots
Israel news photo: Flash 90

 

The IDF is purchasing non-lethal riot control gear to deal with large-scale Palestinian Authority violence expected in September, when PA Arabs are expected to attempt various violent provocations. 
 
Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz toured Israel’s Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria Sunday and visited the Judea and Samaria Brigade, as part of the IDF’s preparation for the events predicted to begin three months from now. The PA has threatened to unilaterally declare a state, and there are various anti-Israel initiatives under way. Israel's enemies are planning flotillas to Gaza and mass marches.
 
New York Times Journalist Thomas Friedman has suggested large scale marches on Jerusalem against the Jewish state. 
 
Gantz instructed local commanders to maintain a high level of alert, and expect a rise in the rate of terror acts against both military and civilian targets. 
 
According to the IDF Website, the IDF is studying the recent Nakba Day events in preparation for September.
 
Gantz stressed that while the preparation for those events needs to be reexamined, decisions made by commanders on the ground were correct. 



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