Israel’s military, bracing for another Palestinian insurgency campaign, has intensified training in the West Bank.
The Israel Army has increased training and operations in the West Bank as part of preparations for another Palestinian uprising. Military sources said the army’s Central Command was overseeing battalion and brigade exercises meant to enhance response to Palestinian attacks.
“There is widespread concern that the Palestinians, with support from the Palestinian Authority, are preparing a surprise,” a source said.
The sources said the prospect of a PA-linked uprising was bolstered by Israel’s decision to withhold tax revenue for the regime of chairman Mahmoud Abbas. They said Abbas could exploit the economic repercussions of an Israeli funding cutoff, including the PA’s failure to pay salaries to security forces.
The IDF Central Command has also launched what was termed the largest exercise in a decade. They aid the exercise focused on counter-insurgency training and techniques to stop massive riots.
Palestinian unrest rose sharply in 2014. In the second half of 2014, Palestinian attacks, most of them stone-throwing and firebombs, more than doubled from the first six months of last year.
“There is lots of interest to sustain the violence to promote the PA’s political agenda,” the source said.