Israel Braces for Potential Violence, More Protests

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THE KALANDIYA CHECKPOINT, ISRAEL -- Israeli security forces are preparing for possible violence after the Palestinian Authority makes its bid for statehood at the United Nations on Friday.

The situation in Israel is quiet now, but tense. Security services are on high alert. They're preparing for every kind of scenario -- anything from small, local disturbances to large-scale rioting.

They're particularly concerned about what might happen in Jerusalem, the northern border, and also the border with Egypt -- any potential flash points between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs.

CBN founder Pat Robertson is issuing an urgent call to Christians to pray for the nation of Israel.

One scenario is the possibility of large numbers of Palestinians heading toward checkpoints or Israeli areas, maybe not even violent but the sheer numbers forcing a confrontation with Israeli security forces or civilians.

That's one scenario officials want to avoid.

Israeli security forces say if Palestinians keep their demonstrations in their own areas, they won't bother them at all.

Wednesday in Ramallah, a very large demonstration took place in support of Palestinian statehood. One demonstrator tried to burn an American flag, but he was quickly convinced to take it down and put out the flames.

At this point, the Palestinians are trying to present a different image to the world.

Still there was some rioting at the Kalandiya checkpoint. Israeli forces had to use tear gas to disperse the crowds. Rock throwing also happened in several places, including along the highways.

Israel is preparing to quell any type of violence, not just for the days ahead, but also for the next few weeks when the country celebrates the fall holidays.

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Julie Stahl

Julie Stahl

CBN News Mideast Correspondent

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