IDF training near Bethlehem (Photo: IDF spokesperson)
YnetNews: Yoav Zitun
Military simulates incidents spinning out of control and sparking a wider conflagration, and has established a number of principles in the event of an all-out uprising.
Widespread talk of a Third Intifada becoming reality is a fairly recent phenomenon on the Israeli street, but the IDFhas spent years coming up with scenarios and contingency plans in the event of an escalation of terror.
In late July, a senior officer in the IDF Central Command said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had a clear agenda against violence and was a stabilizing factor. Since the current wave of terrorism began, the defense establishment again said that Abbas is not an agitator.
Even so, the IDF’s Judea and Samaria Division has for two years been preparing for a series of worst-case scenarios in case of a “true Intifada”.
Despite the disturbances of the past two weeks, which were much more violent than similar disturbances in recent years, great masses of Palestinians have yet to go out to the streets.
Almost all new regional brigade commanders in the IDF start their tenure with a regimental exercise lasting about a week.
At the beginning of the year, the Judea and Samaria Division carried out a widespread General Staff exercise that simulated an all-out escalation.