Israel has mobilized its forces in the run-up to new Palestinian protests scheduled to begin on March 30, a senior Israeli military official said. According to him, the situation in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip will be very tense in the months to come.
The Israeli army has deployed more than 100 snipers on its border with the Gaza Strip waiting for massive Palestinian protests, said Gadi Eisenkot, Israeli chief of staff, interviewed by local newspaper Yedioth Ahronoath.
Demonstrations by Palestinians demanding that Arab refugees be guaranteed the right to enter Israeli territory should begin Friday, and according to the organizers’ plans, they will last a month and a half.
“We have deployed more than 100 snipers from different military units, mainly special forces […] If their life is in danger, there is a license to open fire,” Eisenkot said.
Given the recent protests against the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the military is expecting clashes with protesters and attempts to force the border.
In an interview with the daily Haaretz, Gadi Eisenkot also expressed concerns about the situation in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. According to him, in the coming months the situation will be particularly tense, which is explained by the events that will take place during this period, including the 70th anniversary of the independence of Israel celebrated on May 14 and the transfer of the embassy American in Jerusalem that will take place the same day.
Eisenkot has listed among other factors, undermining stability, the end of the term of Palestinian leader Mahmous Abbas, the failure of attempts to reconcile Fatah and Hamas, and the deterioration of the socio-economic situation in the Gaza Strip. .
Palestinian protests are due to start on Friday, March 30. This date is marked as the Earth Day in which Palestinians commemorate the Arabs who lost their lives in the demonstrations of March 30, 1976 against the confiscation of their lands.
The end of the protests is scheduled for May 15, coinciding with Nakba, the day of commemoration of the Palestinian exodus of 1948.