Israel: Chief of military intelligence says Jewish holidays ‘always a sensitive period’

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The head of Israel’s military intelligence, Major General Aharon Haliva, said on Monday that Jewish holidays “are always a sensitive period.” Haliva made his comment at a conference in the occupation state.

“The [Jewish] holidays are always a sensitive period, but I estimate there is a potential for significant incidents,” he explained. “It is in the interest of the Palestinians to reduce the amount of terrorism [sic] in the area and stabilize the administration of the Palestinian Authority.”

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At the same time, he suggested that Israel should do the right things to stabilize the PA. “It’s an Israeli security interest.”

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The Israeli occupation army has increased its presence in the West Bank following an increase in Palestinian resistance within the occupation state. The military has stepped up its nighttime arrests in cities like Jenin and Nablus. However, the troops encountered armed Palestinian resistance.

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Attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem have also increased. Islamic scholars have called for a swift response to such incidents.

Since the beginning of this year, Israeli soldiers have killed more than 80 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, a sharp increase from 2021. The chief of staff, Aviv Kochavi, blames the PA for the increase in Palestinian resistance in the occupied territory, which is turn blames Israel.

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