The IDF’s Judea and Samaria Division has marked the coming month of June as a period in which a new wave of terrorism and unrest could surface once again with reinvigorated energy.
The renewed fear stems from a combination of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan, which may begin at the end of the month (a final deadline has yet to be set), and the convicted terrorist prisoners’ hunger strike.
Speaking in an interview, a senior IDF officer in the Judea and Samaria Division told Ynet that while the prisoners’ hunger strike has not yet “taken hold” and caused masses of Arabs to take to the streets in protest, the trend may not continue indefinitely.
Additionally, recent events in Huwara and Silwad—involving the deaths of Arab terrorists —risk making the coming summer months particularly troublesome.
In an effort to counter possible escalations, hundreds of soldiers are expected to reinforce regional brigades, with an emphasis being placed on known friction points, sensitive sites and Arab cities.
The reinforcements are expected to come from combat battalions currently involved in training exercises similar to those who reinforced regular IDF units during the last wave of terror.
Actions taken against popular terrorism by the Judea and Samaria Division, along with the Shin Bet and with the use of advanced technology to identify individual terrorists, have led to a significant reduction in terror attacks. However, the two incidents in which civilians shot Arab terrorists throwing stones are likely to cause the IDF and police headaches in a region where violence is commonplace.