After a spate of attacks in the past week including rockets launched at Israel from Gaza, a stabbing in the Old City and a car ramming in the West Bank, Israelis are concerned that a new wave of terror was in the works.
In fact, Palestinian intelligence services warned of a downward spiral just before Dvir Sorek, 18, was stabbed to death in a terror attack on Aug. 8.
According to predictions in a report seen by Ynet, West Bank Palestinians in their mid-twenties feeling hopeless and fed up with the situation were the likely parties to participate in some sort of violence. The report’s authors based their conclusions on interviews with people and social media trends. They believe there will be an increase in shootings and the use of explosive devices.
Meanwhile Palestinian terror groups in Gaza are also warning that the coastal strip was on the verge of an “explosion.”
“The rebellion of the youth is a harbinger of an explosion,” officials from Hamas and Islamic Jihad told the Palestinian news agency Safa. “We won’t tolerate the crimes of the occupation against our nation any longer.”
The recent attacks at the border have involved lone-wolf Palestinians. On Aug. 1 three Israelis soldiers were wounded by one armed Palestinians trying to sneak into Israel from Gaza. Then on Aug. 10, IDF troops killed four Palestinians who attempted to sneak in carrying rocket-propelled grenades, AK-47 assault rifles and hand grenades.
Palestinians also fired a few rockets into Sderot during the weekend one of which landed on the patio of a home. No one was injured.