Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon visited the IDF's Etzion Territorial Division on Tuesday, where he said that the defense establishment is preparing for the possibility of an additional security escalation.
"We are familiar with this, that the moment a vehicular terror attack succeeds, it seems another will come after it, or if a knifing succeeds, then another will follow. Hence, we are beefing up the forces, to increase our presence and carry out more intensive activities to prevent that," Ya'alon said.The Palestinian Authority's security forces are acting to decrease violence in friction points, and are meeting with the IDF, Ya'alon said. On the other hand, rhetoric coming out of the PA's heads in recent days caused an escalation following Temple Mount unrest, he added.
Ya'alon has asked Israeli politicians at this time to refrain from visiting the Temple Mount to lower tensions, he stated.