Palestinian school girls walk past Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint at a entrance to the village of Beit Einun near the West Bank city of Hebron December 1, 2015. To match PALESTINIAN-ISRAEL/ATTACKS REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Two months into a wave of stabbings, shootings and vehicle attacks by Palestinians targeting Israelis, gaps are emerging between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the military and intelligence chiefs over what is driving the violence.Netanyahu has repeatedly accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of directly inciting the unrest. He also describes it as a manifestation of Palestinians' hatred of Israelis and unwillingness to accept Israel's right to exist.Since Oct. 1, when the violence began, 19 Israelis and an American have been killed. Over the same period, Israeli forces have killed over a 100 Palestinians, 58 of whom were identified by Israel as assailants.The military, which has occupied the West Bank for 48 years and is minutely involved in maintaining stability, in coordination with Palestinian security forces, is pushing for pinpoint operations that target specific perpetrators.Netanyahu has shown no inclination to launch a large-scale military operation, despite ramping up deployments in the West Bank by 40 percent and calling up reserve units.
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