The IDF said Monday that its troops in the Hebron area were put on high alert over the past several days following intelligence assessments indicating that a terror attack may be imminent.
Two Palestinian men have been missing from their homes since Friday, according to Israel Radio, one of them a cousin of Amer Abu Aysha, one of the two kidnappers and murderers of three Israeli teenagers this June
Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme, both from Hebron, were part of a Hamas-affiliated cell that kidnapped Eyal Yifrah, 19, Naftali Fraenkel, 16, and Gilad Shaar, 16, from a hitchhiking post near Hebron on June 12 and then murdered them.
The attack set off Israel’s Operation Brother’s Keeper which was aimed at finding the yeshiva students and dealing a blow to Hamas’s infrastructure in the West Bank, which Israel accused of being behind the operation. The bodies of the three teens were found on June 30 in a shallow grave on a plot of land belonging to the Kawasme clan.
The abduction and killing sparked a summer of rising tensions that climaxed with Operation Protective Edge, the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas in and around the Gaza Strip.
“The terrorist groups have the motivation and, thanks to post-withdrawal vacuum created in Iraq, the means to strike the West like never before.”
“Tensions between nuclear-armed states and alliances in the Euro-Atlantic area and in both South and East Asia remain ripe with the potential for military miscalculation and escalation,” says the letter to Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.
“In a vestige of the Cold War, too many nuclear weapons in the world remain ready to launch on short notice, greatly increasing the chances of an accident.
“This fact gives leaders faced with an imminent potential threat an insufficient amount of time to communicate with each other and act with prudence.”
There should also be better crisis management in “conflict hotspots” and new security measures, warning that stockpiles were “insufficiently secure, making them possible targets for terrorism”.
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A PLA general has warned that "the Taiwan issue will not remain unresolved in the long term" and that China is not ruling out the use of force to achieving unification after Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang suffered a drubbing in last month's local government elections. The major winner at the polls was the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, which has traditionally advocated Taiwan independence.
"We will not abandon the possibility of using force. According to the law, it is also an option to resolve the issue by military means if necessary," Liu Jingsong, a former president of the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, said in a keynote speech on Nov. 6 at a conference organized by China's nationalistic tabloid Global Times.
Liu said Taiwan is a core interest for China and according to the government's strategic plan related to transforming the country into a maritime power, the issue should not remain unresolved indefinitely.
China has the right to resolve the Taiwan problem, Liu said. "Whoever has political power in Taiwan, the only path [for the island] is to preserve the development of peaceful relations between the two sides of the strait, and eventually bring about reunification," the general was quoted as saying.