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Why IDF is urging Israeli government to keep calm, strengthen Palestinian Authority

The IDF has learned its lesson from the previous intifada, recommending now to contain the terror incidents and try to spread calm, as called for by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, instead of launching a military confrontation.

Maj. Gen. Roni Numa, head of Central Command and the Israeli sovereign over the territories of Judea and Samaria, held a background briefing on Nov. 24 with Israeli military correspondents.

Numa originally comes from the Paratroopers Brigade with 30 years of combat experience under his belt, including command of the elite undercover Duvdevan unit and the air force’s elite Shaldag unit. But this experience has not prepared him to cope with the bizarre terror wave that has been shaking up the territories and Israel proper in the last weeks — terror involving occasional knife stabbings, car-ramming attacks, improvised shootings and scattered demonstrations. Between Oct. 1 and Nov. 29, the terror attacks have claimed the lives of 22 people. More than 100 Palestinians, most of whom were the assailants themselves, were killed in those events.

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