JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli forces arrested over 100 Palestinians over the past weekend as part of an anti-terror crackdown launched in the wake of last week’s uptick in terror activity in the West Bank.
“There were 100 arrests over the weekend, and another 36 yesterday,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced during a visit to the Giva’at Asaf settlement on Tuesday, where two members of the IDF’s haredi Orthodox Netzach Yehuda battalion were recently shot to death by a Palestinian gunman. “It is only a matter of time before we find this murderer as well, just as we found the others.”
According to the Palestinian news outlet Ma’an, Israeli forces arrested 24 Palestinians during a series of pre-dawn raids on Tuesday as well as confiscating security cameras in al-Rihan near Ramallah.
A number of Israeli cabinet officials have endorsed taking a harsher line against Palestinians involved in terrorism, including upping the pace of home demolitions and expelling the families of Palestinians who carried out attacks.