Given the explosive conditions of today's march, it is impressive that the Israeli police arrested only 24 people out of the 40,000 marchers and many thousands of Arab residents. Approximately six of those arrested were Arab. Additionally, only three people sustained injuries during the march, two of whom were throwing rocks at each other.
Today's successful and largely peaceful march demonstrates that the Israeli police were prepared for a very difficult and explosive situation. Clashes, particularly in Jerusalem, are likely to continue in the coming months. That the police are able to maintain order and use non-violent measures bodes well. Protesters will thrive off any missteps or excessive uses of force from the police. Hopefully, this careful IDF and police preparation now can prevent a response which exacerbates the likelihood of violence later.