Palestinian’s popular rampage and Israeli security

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Dr. Nadia Abu Zaher


This study aims to analyze the impact of the ‘Palestinian’s popular rampage’ (PPR) on Israeli security to seek out wherein Israel adhered to its old security strategies through which it dealt with the previous Al Aqsa Intifada and where it worked to change its security strategy towards its handling of the Palestinian’s popular rampage. Relying in this regard on the approach of continuity and change. The study concluded that the Palestinian’s popular rampage (PPR) posed a serious challenge to Israel's internal and economic security. Significantly, Israel was keen to protect its internal security so it was interested in changing some aspects of its old security strategy through which it dealt with the Al-Aqsa Intifada; yet it continued in other parts to depend on it. One of the foremost necessary aspects that Israel has modified in its old security strategy was the use of technology to meet the requirements of time and to attain its security. It utilized technology in its newly adapted security strategy using cameras for the first time at checkpoints; social networks were also exploited to spy on Palestinians. The Israeli army in this respect had posted its security strategy on its website to reassure the Israeli public. Furthermore, Israel changed its old security strategy by introducing the counterattack, as well as replacing its old "cauterization of conscience" strategy that is based on collective punishment; wherein it attempted to solely maintain this rampage in the individual framework to solely punish the Palestinians who attempt to stab Israelis so that the effect does not extend to the rest of the Palestinians. One aspect that Israel kept in its old security strategy is closed checkpoints and intensify security precautions during Jewish holidays.

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