Jerusalem24 – The Israeli army spokesman, Ran Kochav, said today, Sunday, that the Israeli occupation forces intensified their operations throughout the occupied West Bank, while the Israeli army reinforced the police force with members of its forces, in light of the recent escalation and the continuation of the Israeli warning rhetoric against the month of Ramadan.
In the wake of the escalation in the pace of operations inside the Greenline and the “explosive security situation” in the West Bank, the Israeli security services declared a state of high alert among its forces, and the Israeli army deployed 14 regular battalions in the West Bank, while a thousand members of the training tracks were attached to their units in the police force.
In an interview with the Ynet website, Kochav said that “the Israeli army has strengthened its operations in the West Bank, including in areas A, B, and C alike, and is assisting the police on the home front, while monitoring the situation in Syria, Lebanon, Sinai, and other faraway places.” He added, “We are ready for any possible escalation, we have deployed our air defense system. The Gaza Division is ready for ground defense and we will do everything necessary so that Ramadan and this Easter month pass peacefully.”
Regarding the assassination of three Palestinian youths who were killed in an Israeli special operation in the town of Arraba, near Jenin, at dawn yesterday, Saturday, the Israeli military spokesman said, “It is a message to all our enemies, a message of deterrence and I think it is effective; The aggression on Gaza last May), but if necessary we are also ready for ‘Guardian of the Fences 2’ (i.e. a new aggression on Gaza) or any other operation or activity.”
Kochav said that the Israeli army is working to complete the construction of the separation wall to fill the gaps that allow the entry of workers from the occupied West Bank, and said: “The talk is not about a border fence, as is the case in Lebanon, Gaza or Egypt – but rather a line of contact with dozens or hundreds of passages and gates. agricultural”.
He added, “If the political leadership decides to consider the wall as a border area and it must be closed tightly – the Israeli army will be able to carry out this task. But this is not the task. Our task is to differentiate between terrorists and civilians on the line of contact,” as he put it.
Yesterday, Saturday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held a session at the Shin Bet security service headquarters in Tel Aviv, and said, “We are witnessing the culmination of a joint effort by all security services, in order to put an end to the recent series of terrorist operations and restore security for the citizens of Israel.