With tensions boiling in the West Bank, the IDF has beefed up its forces following a terrorist attack and in anticipation of a month in which several flashpoint events are set to take place.
Three yeshiva students were wounded in the shooting attack Sunday afternoon at Tapuah junction in Samaria. Two of them are in critical condition.
The IDF had already bolstered troop deployments for Ramadan out of caution that violence might erupt. But that did not stop a terrorist from pulling up to a bus stop and firing at civilians before fleeing the scene.
In an attempt to prevent copy-cat attacks and to help in the manhunt for the attacker, the military on Sunday night said an additional battalion and special forces would be deployed to the area.
But is that enough?
Starting with Jerusalem Day and Laylat al-Qadr next Sunday, followed by Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday, Quds Day on Friday and Nakba Day on Saturday, and compounded by the cancellation of the Palestinian Authority elections and the eviction of dozens of Palestinians from their homes in east Jerusalem, police and the IDF must be on high alert for clashes and additional attacks.
As it tends to do when tensions are high, the IDF also is on alert for violence from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. Last week, more than 36 rockets were fired toward southern Israel from the blockaded coastal enclave.
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Source: Jerusalem Post