IDF chief: Abbas’s declining health, influence will spark Palestinian violence — report

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot reportedly warned ministers this earlier week that an outbreak of violence among Palestinians in the West Bank is highly likely due to PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ waning influence and declining health.

During Sunday’s high-level security cabinet meeting, Eisenkot said a flare-up of attacks in the West Bank would require more troops than an escalation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip, highlighting the severity of the threat, according to a Hadashot news reports.

He estimated there was a “60-80 percent” chance of such a scenario unfolding, according to the report.

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