RAMALLAH, July 4 (JMCC) - Both Palestinians and Israelis are preparing for insecurity in the fall when Palestinians plan to ask the United Nations for statehood, reports the
Neither side wants violence to become widespread, officials say, and are planning accordingly.
A Palestinian security official said orders would be for marches to be peaceful, and that tactics like stone-throwing would not be tolerated. He also said rallies would be confined to Palestinian population centers and not be permitted to get too close to Israeli settlements.
The official concurred that unofficial groups could stir up violence, particularly if they try to enter areas off limits to Palestinians, like the main checkpoint linking the West Bank to Jerusalem. He said such scenarios would be “out of our control,” since Palestinian security forces are barred from operating there.
“If Palestinian demonstrators are killed, the situation could deteriorate,” he warned.