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Since she is faced with enemies on every side, Israel must always be resolute in identifying and irridicating multiple and varied threats at once. Israel Hayom's Yoav Limor takes a look at how the IDF continues to destroy Hamas' terrorist capabilities, while also being careful not to spark further violence from both Gaza and the West Bank:

Israel is bracing for an overall security escalation in the Palestinian area, both in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

Military deployment near the southern border and across Judea and Samaria has been increased and may be increased further ahead of the coming holiday season. This was ordered despite the fact there is no concrete intelligence indicating the larger terrorist organization in Gaza are planning to escalate the situation. In fact, the only common denominator between the recent terrorist attacks is that anxiety they sparked in Israel.

The problem is that events of this nature have their own dynamic and they could easily spiral out of control.

Two terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria and east Jerusalem in the span of 48 hours could very well herald a new wave of terrorism, where lone-wolf terrorist once again try to resolve personal issues via mayhem and murder. This requires different intelligence and operational contingencies on Israel's part that, even if they cannot eradicate terrorism, will reduce the threat to civilians.

The threat of escalation is also palpable on the Israel-Gaza Strip border...

Tags: Israel , IDF , Terrorism

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