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The Israeli army has been busy training local security teams in the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria (Jewish settlements) for a possible onslaught of violent Palestinian demonstrators.
Israel fears that following the Palestinian Authority's September 20 bid at the United Nations to secure recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria (the so-called "West Bank"), Palestinian mobs will march on any Jews they see as "invaders" in that new state.
In fact, that is precisely what Palestinian leaders are telling the public to do.
"The appeal to the UN is a battle for all Palestinians, and in order to succeed, it needs millions to pour into streets," Palestinian official Yasser Abed Rabbo told the Associated Press following a Palestinian Authority vote endorsing a mass protest march on Israel.
Rabbo and other Palestinian leaders insist the protests will be peaceful, but Israeli officials noted that more often than not the Palestinians' definition of "peaceful" does not match Israel's.
And even if the intention truly was for a peaceful march, the Israelis say that having tens or hundreds of thousands of Palestinians march on Israeli civilian neighborhoods is a situation that can quickly spiral out of control.
While Jerusalem is certain to be a primary target of such a march, it is pretty heavily barricaded from the north and east, the directions from which the Palestinian protestors would be coming.
But the Jewish settlements make much softer targets.
That's why the IDF, which will preoccupied defending the northern neighborhoods of Jerusalem and the portion of the "Green Line" separating the Tel Aviv metropolitan area from the West Bank, is busy preparing the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria to defend themselves.
Originally posted by Xcathdra
To make matters worse Palestinian leaders are calling for massive protests and are insisting the protests will be peaceful, but if we use history as our guide I can see this turning ugly very fast.
The waiting game has begun...
Peaceful end result? Non peaceful end result?
What would happen if the vote in the UN fails to gather the supposed support the Palestinians claim? Will that be an end to the 2 state question? Would that open the door for all out war once and for all?
Since Palestinians are taking this to the UN, do you think Israel should take hamas to the UN regarding their charter to havethat forcefully changed?
Originally posted by InnerPeace2012
Something just doesn't sit right with this...
Seems like something is heating up.... Just keep a close eye on this one.
The Israeli military is to train Jewish settlers in the West Bank and plans to equip them with tear gas and stun grenades to confront Palestinian demonstrators when their leaders press for UN recognition next month.
Jewish 'settlers' prepared for Palestinian onslaught - Statehood vote set for Spetember 20th