IDF Chief of Staff Mofaz says that the PA is making preparations for an extended military conflict with Israel. In an interview with the media in anticipation of Independence Day, which begins tonight (see below), Mofaz said that the Palestinians are acquiring weapons, disseminating them throughout Judea and Samaria, and \"more and more Palestinians are entering the circle of violence.\" His deputy, Maj.-Gen. Moshe Yaalon said that the security cooperation meetings Arafat and his men are holding with Israel are merely a \"tactic,\" and that Arafat has made no decision to stop the violence.