How will the IDF confront a likely outbreak of violence by local Arabs after the PA statehood bid at the United Nations in September? By giving the PA more guns.
According to reports, the IDF has formalized a series of operational recommendations, which aim to prevent the security situation in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza from spiraling out of contron in September.
The brief, already been submitted to the government, also states that should violence erupt, the military would still strive to keep outright conflicts with Arabs in PA areas to a minimum.
IDF recommendations include several "confidence building measures" vis-a-vis the PA and its security forces, mainly allowing more weapons into PA administered areas from Jordan.
Senior officers in the IDF -- who have appaerently taken PA officials at their word -- believe PA officials have a vested interest in avoiding unrest in September despite a proven track record of stirring the pot and inciting violent Intifadas at key diplomatic junctures. (more)