The IDF was preparing to raise its readiness levels over the weekend out of fear that disturbances may breakout in the West Bank, Army Radio reported on Thursday. The report added that the option of calling up reserve forces is being weighed.
The move comes ahead of expected demonstrations and counter-demonstrations around the planned Palestinian statehood bid in the United Nations.A senior IDF official told Army Radio that "A trend has been identified, in which the levels of significant 'price tag' actions against Palestinians," following a vandalism attack against an IDF base last week.
The official added, "These events are likely to cause an escalation in the field. We are already seeing calls in Palestinian mosques, calling for self-defense against extremist actions."