Israel's Security Cabinet to Convene to Discuss Growing Unrest

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Israeli riot police officers clash with Israeli Arab in Kfar Kana, northern Israel, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014.Credit: AP

In light of the recent terror attacks and growing unrest, Israel's security cabinet will convene at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday. The ministers are expected to discuss the escalation in the West Bank, tensions in Jerusalem and protests in the Israeli-Arab sector.

The cabinet meeting was scheduled in relatively short notice, a day after Netanyahu held an urgent consultation regarding recent events. At Monday's meeting, Netanyahu ordered a number of steps to be taken, including augmenting the number of security forces on the ground and demolishing the homes of perpetrators of terror attacks, particularly in East Jerusalem.

The defense establishment is preparing for the possibility of further escalation, lasting for several days. At the same time, a senior official said there is a possibility that Gaza would initiate "symbolic" rocket fire at Israel, in solidarity with the events in the West Bank.

The IDF has also decided to deploy more troops in the West Bank. The plan is to add two battalions of reinforcements; a third battalion may also be added later. The troops will be put on operational duty instead of engaging in their scheduled training, and their main mission will be to help protect those traveling on roads in the West Bank.

On Tuesday, a Palestinian man was shot and killed by IDF gunfire in the Al-Arroub area between Bethlehem and Hebron. In another incident Tuesday, a Palestinian sustained serious wounds from IDF gunfire in the South Hebron Hills area.

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