With Unrest Expected, IDF Reinforces Troops in Judea and Samaria

One day after the announcement of US President Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century", the IDF decided in the framework of its latest assessment of the situation to reinforce troops in Judea and Samaria as well as in the Gaza border area

 

Minister of Defense Bennet (center) and IDF CoS Kochavi (right). Photo: Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry

Following announcement of the full version of the peace plan by American President Donald Trump, the IDF is preparing for an escalation of Palestinian violence in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. The IDF Spokesman's Office said Wednesday (January 29) that "In accordance with the assessment of the situation that is carried out continuously by the IDF, it was decided to reinforce the combat troops in the Judea and Samaria Division as well as in the Gaza Division."

The IDF is reinforcing troops in the territories with forces from the elite "Maglan" and "Egoz" units, as well as from the reconnaissance battalion of the Golani Brigade that was transferred from the Jordan Valley to Judea and Samaria to reinforce troops in that area. Up until now, only small numbers of Palestinians have engaged in protests or violence in response to the US peace plan, with only several hundred involved. Israel's defense establishment is currently focused on preparing for the possibility of unrest on Friday.    

On Tuesday, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett visited the Judea and Samaria region with the IDF chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi. As part of the defense establishment's preparations. Bennett held a meeting to assess the situation that was attended by the chief of staff; the head of the Central Command, Maj. Gen. Nadav Padan; the commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, Brig. Gen. Yaniv Alaluf; and the rest of the regional brigade commanders. During the meeting, Bennett was briefed on the latest developments in the sector as well as the significance of the release of the peace plan.

"The State of Israel is facing fateful days that will determine its permanent borders and the establishment of sovereignty over Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria. I hear threats from the Palestinian side. Nothing will deter us. I am now finishing my assessment of the situation in the Judea and Samaria Division. I met all of the brigade commanders. The defense establishment and the IDF are prepared for every scenario. The government of Israel needs to make decisions and to be undeterred by threats," Bennett said during his trip on Tuesday.