In Hevron this morning, IDF forces barred the gates of Hevron's large "Arches" Mosque, where the suicide bomber who struck in Jerusalem served as imam. In addition, 17 Hevron Arabs, including family members of the terrorist, were arrested in connection with the attack.
Ever since the bombing, police remain on high, level 3, terror alert, one level from the highest. There are more than 30 intelligence warnings of planned terrorist attacks.
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz met this morning with the head of the Shabak (General Security Service) and top IDF officers, and they presented their conclusions to Prime Minister Sharon. Sharon and Mofaz have decided to allow the PA another opportunity to act against the terrorist groups operating in territory under its control. According to security sources, Yasser Arafat will not be expelled at this point, nor will IDF forces take control of his Ramallah headquarters.