IDF has started extensive preparations along its northern border in addition to the West Bank in anticipation of mass violence and unrest in the wake of Friday’s UN vote regarding Palestinian Statehood, according to UN observers.
UN Observers stationed in southern Lebanon noticed this week that the IDF was repairing fences and adding security cameras along the Blue Line that unofficially represents the border between Israel and Lebanon, with particular focus on the area near the Shebaa Farms, which caused a tense spat between Lebanon and Israel last week. In addition, they reported increased IDF troop numbers and training drills, using non-lethal riot-dispersal methods such as rubber bullets, water cannons and a hi-tech sonic weapon.The preparations along the northern border are because of the presence of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and likelihood that the terrorist group will launch rockets across the border in an attempt provoke a military confrontation. The IDF also wishes to prevent a repeat of what happened a few months ago when Syria, at the behest of the government, unsuccessfully rushed the Israeli border, attempting to breach it. Israel managed to deflate the situation using non-lethal means, but its reaction also led to condemnations from the entire Arab world and many European nations as well.
The IDF is already combating small pockets of unrest that have mostly stemmed from heightened emotions in the West Bank in anticipation of Friday’s vote. Already yesterday, West Bank residents were found clashing with soldiers and attacking Israeli citizens, with a 20 month old infant being hit in the face as her mother was driving from Migdalim to another part of the West Bank and is currently hospitalized in Petach Tikva. In addition, they were found to be burning tires is multiple locations, from Ramallah north to Nablus and Jenin.In addition, observers reported lower numbers of Israeli Air Force jet flyovers in southern Lebanon, dropping from 158 to 125 for this month. It is unknown was caused the drop, but it is likely due to the new policy the IDF laid down a few months ago regarding reconnaissance flights that is geared to prevent escalation of tensions or violence.