20.08.2011 20.Aw-Elul, 5771 Ekew
As the Palestinians’ planned statehood bid looms, 7,000 specially trained riot police are on standby in the event of major violence.
There appears to be no concrete intelligence pointing to a likelihood of violent mass riots erupting after the Palestinian Authority submits its request to the UN General Assembly for statehood recognition in September, but the Israel Police has nevertheless been quietly preparing for the worstcase scenario.
Over the past several months, planners at the police’s Operations Branch at national headquarters in Jerusalem – headed by Cmdr. Nissim Mor, an experienced bomb squad officer – have been watching incidents of mass violence around the world, from the destruction and looting in London to the events taking place in the Arab world, in order to study how small events can quickly snowball into major incidents….