As many Israelis continue to wonder how exactly they are benefiting from the hudna, Israel's security agencies continue their many-pronged efforts to fight terrorism. On their agenda today: warnings of an attack against visitors to Joseph's Tomb, a search for an Irish bomb-making expert who is apparently teaching his trade in the PA, 20 credible intelligence warnings of impending attacks, and more.
The IDF has received specific warnings of terrorist intentions to murder Israelis who enter PA-controlled areas, and specifically Shechem. The city's holy site of Joseph's Tomb is Israeli-controlled according to the Oslo Agreement, and the IDF enters it and brings in civilians when it so desires. In many ways, however, it is under Arab control. The army emphasized today that Israelis are not permitted to enter PA-controlled areas, such as those one must pass through in order to reach Joseph's Tomb. Many people have been arrested in the past for visiting the site without prior IDF permission.
The Israeli security forces are also actively searching for an IRA terrorist who is training Palestinian terrorists in the Palestinian Authority - and, according to some reports, have already arrested him. The man arrived in Israel with a British passport three weeks ago, and disappeared into the PA-controlled areas shortly afterwards. Irish police say that the IRA bomb-making experts, who are considered world leaders in the field, are selling their know-how to the Palestinian terrorists - as they did in the past with Hizbullah.
IDF troops were attacked many times with grenades and gunfire in Rafiach and Netzarim last night, and vehicles traveling near Yitzhar and Itamar were targeted in stone-throwing attacks. No one was hurt, and IDF forces did not return fire.