The top echelon of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), and even more so the leadership of the IDF, seems to have little impact and say on the government’s strategic decision making with regard to the current Palestinian rebellion.
This is evident in the fact that the cabinet has not been listening to the defense echelon’s advice to revive peace talks in order to sow hopes among the Palestinians. Such advice has been imparted in cabinet sessions and briefings with the media.
Yet, they can influence the situation by reducing violence and tension with proper tactical management of the current crisis. The great danger is that the violence will spread substantially into Gaza and the security forces will be challenged from all fronts: in the West Bank, Jerusalem, inside Israel and in the South.