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As Jerusalem Violence Escalates, Israel Tries to Put Genie Back in the Bottle

Efforts are now being made to keep Palestinians and Jews away from each other in areas of Jerusalem where friction is liable to occur

Amos Harel
Amos Harel
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After some incendiary moves and belligerent declarations, it’s time for calming efforts. Israel is now trying – rather late – to stuff the genie back into the bottle and reduce the violence that has erupted in Jerusalem and the territories which is to some degree its own fault.

Chief of General Staff Aviv Kochavi decided Sunday to deploy three additional battalions in the West Bank, bringing the number of reinforcement battalions to seven and increasing the military forces in the region by 50 percent over normal times. Messages have been passed to Hamas in Gaza, demanding that it halt all rocket fire after a rocket was fired at the Negev on Saturday night and two more rockets were fired at Ashkelon on Sunday night.

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