Israeli Security Forces Bracing for Escalation in Terrorism

YERUSHALAYIM -
Police and rescue personnel at the scene of a terror attack at the Central Bus Station in Yerushalayim on Monday. (Olivier Fitoussi/FLASH90)

Israel’s security forces are raising their alert level across the country following several terror attacks and ahead of a possible escalation in the terror attacks, and possibly another operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Israel Police dispatched enforcements of 2,000 policemen to Yerushalayim after a terrorist stabbed and moderately injured two Jews near the central bus station in the city on Monday.

The deployment of security forces, including Shin Bet personnel, led to the thwarting of an unidentified “major” terrorist attack on Monday, the details of which were placed under a gag order, reported Channel 12 and 13.

After three nights of rocket attacks from Gaza, the Israeli border with the Strip remained silent on Monday night.

However, the IDF’s Gaza Division is on high alert, and senior officers are quoted as saying that the question about another operation in the Strip is not a question of if, but when.

Meanwhile, IDF forces are still searching for the last two of the six terrorists who escaped from Gilboa Prison over a week ago. Israeli security officials believe that their killing during the pursuit or capture will bring to an escalation of the Islamic Jihad rockets attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip.

Egypt reportedly told Hamas after Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Monday that if the rocket fire on Israel from Gaza does not stop, Israel will launch another broad operation in the Strip.

MK Ram Ben Barak, Chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, also warned that another clash with Gaza was near.

One last point to take into consideration is the Yamim Tovim season currently. The Yamim Tovim in Tishrei have previously served as an instigation of Muslim religious fervor which has led to violence, chalilah.