The Palestinian rioting and violence continues in and around Jerusalem and in the rest of the country. PM Netanyahu has mobilized 13 Brigades of reserves in addition to the extra three that were already activated. Over the weekend at least 5 Israelis were stabbed and or otherwise injured by stone throwers and firebombs, including two police officers who stopped a Palestinian man near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, who promptly stabbed them, then he was shot dead. A Palestinian woman whose car was stopped en route to Jerusalem, exited the car and attacked the police officer as she detonated a car-bomb. She is in hospital. The police said her car-bomb was only a gas canister, very amateurish. About 5 Palestinians were killed while attacking police forces in the West Bank and about 8 in Gaza, as mobs approached the border fence. A rocket fired into southern Israel from Gaza was destroyed by the Iron Dome system and in retaliation IAF planes destroyed two targets in Gaza and two people were reported killed in those attacks.
PM Netanyahu stated that the rioting is being incited by Hamas, the Palestine Authority and the Northern Islamic Movement in Israel, based on lies. They are telling their people that Israel has changed or is planning to change the arrangements on the Temple Mount (Haram al-Sharif) which is not true. Their rallying cry is that the al-Aksa Mosque is in danger, which is untrue. King Abdullah of Jordan has also incited feelings in the Arab/ Muslim world by repeating these lies. The violence was started by Palestinian youths (no doubt organized) who barricaded themselves inside the Mosque of Omar on the Temple Mount, where they had stored weapons (mainly firebombs) and then the Israeli forces were forced to rout them 0ut and close the Mosques to all except elderly men and women for the duration of the Jewish holidays.
Last night four Israelis were injured, on seriously, by a car ramming attack in Hadera, by an Israeli-Arab of Palestinian origin (he was allowed to move to Israel under a family unification law). He was captured and his victims remain in hospital. Most of tehse attacks are amateurish, i.e. so far no professional type of car bombs or suicide attacks. No-one knows whether or not this rioting will continue. It will probably worsen before it peters out, like the previous attempts at Palestinian insurrections. Hopefully this will be no full-fledged intifada.