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September 19, 2016 1:35 pm

Netanyahu, Police Commander Order Immediate Bolstering of Forces in Israeli Capital After Latest Palestinian Stabbing Attack

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The site of Monday's terrorist attack at Herod's Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. Photo: Israel Police.

The site of Monday’s terrorist attack at Herod’s Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. Photo: Israel Police.

In the wake of Monday’s Palestinian stabbing attack in Jerusalem — which left a female Israeli police officer critically wounded and a male colleague in moderate condition — a decision was taken to bolster security immediately, rather than waiting until the upcoming Jewish High Holidays, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

According to the report, the decision was reached by Jerusalem District Police Commander Yoram Halevy at an emergency meeting after the attack — the seventh since Friday — and following a similar discussion the previous day that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conducted with security officials.

According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu’s meeting was convened to assess the security situation ahead of the Jewish holidays, beginning with Rosh Hashanah on October 2, through Yom Kippur and Sukkot at the end of the month.

The PMO further stated:

Netanyahu instructed that police forces be increased, especially in the Old City and around the Temple Mount, and directed that determined action be taken against any attempt to violate order there.

Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered that the Knesset Speaker be requested to act to continue to prevent MKs and ministers from going up to the Temple Mount during this sensitive period.

The Prime Minister directed that activity be increased against Palestinian incitement on social networks, including expanded action vis ­à­ vis Facebook and other platforms, with the goal of removing inflammatory content. He also instructed that a response team be established to refute disinformation about Israeli policy on the Temple Mount.

Channel 2 said that police intend to station officers at “sensitive” areas, or those with a high potential for terrorist activity. To this end, hundreds of additional police officers are already being dispatched to several locations in the capital, both in the eastern and western parts of the city.

Meanwhile, police have also been preparing an increased presence to secure Monday night’s Maccabiah Race in Jerusalem and its estimated 3,000 participants.

According to the Hebrew news site nrg, the Transportation Ministry has also decided to step up security on buses and trains throughout the city.

In addition, nrg reported, the police raided the east Jerusalem neighborhoods of Silwan and Shuafat, arrested the two brothers of the terrorist who committed Monday’s stabbing attack at Herod’s Gate of the Old City, and, as an additional security precaution, ordered the closure of Arab shops and access to pedestrians along the main street of east Jerusalem. This move sparked condemnation from the city’s Arab merchants, who accused the police of engaging in collective punishment and hindering their livelihood in the process.

Meanwhile, nrg said, the attempt to enhance the police presence in Jerusalem has proven problematic, due to a severe shortage of manpower. According to the news outlet, despite the very large budget allocated for the addition of 1,200 police officers, the force has only managed to recruit 200 over the past few months. As a result, the only way that the current directive for increased security can be implemented is through the enlistment of officers from other districts.

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  • bill levy

    I hope they shoot to kill the very first time be it against a pregnant Arab or a little child.

    I have always hoped that if one Egged bus is blown up by a suicide bomber than 300 Arab buses filled with Arabs blows up simultaneously.

    Terrorists should start disappearing as with Sharon’ Unit 101.

    Abbas is a hater and a killer and Israel should hold him accountable for his actions.

  • YJ Draiman

    The government of Israel; must stop doing what’s it thinks is politically correct and perform the right action to defend our people with zero tolerance, to eradicate terror and expel the Arabs. There are no innocents. The silent Arab majority is complicit by not objecting to terror and violence. The nations of the world throughout history stood idle while Jews were persecuted and killed. The Arabs terrorized and expelled over a million Jewish families and confiscated all their assets including homes and over 120,000 sq. km. of Jewish owned land for over 2,200 years.
    When is the Israeli government stopping in deluding itself that the Arab/Palestinians want peace? It is time to face reality and stop wasting time on a façade in the illusion of peace. The Arabs behavior and actions speak volumes, that they do not want peace. When you teach your children to commit terror and violence, honor terrorists and suicide bombers, these are demonic and destructive people look around the world and the terror and violence they are causing; there is no one to talk to.
    Once the Israeli government decides to face reality that there is no second Arab/Palestinian state and that the Arabs do not seek peace, only Israel’s demise. Then you must proceed with a new approach and take care of the people in Israel without appeasing or giving concessions to the Arabs or the world at large. When you defend your citizens at all costs, eventually the world might respect you. Past response by the Arabs was and is detrimental to Israel’s and its people.

    As long as you have Arabs-Muslims living in Greater Israel, terror and violence will never stop. It is in their blood and in their culture. Just look around in the world and see how terror and violence is promoted in the Muslim countries and in the Muslim communities in Europe and elsewhere. They are killing each other by the tens of thousands. When is the world at large going to wake up and face the harsh reality? That terror and violence must be eliminated at all costs like a cancer or we are doomed to extinction. Death to all terrorists must be applied, no exception. When the Arabs Muslims; are teaching their children from infancy to commit terror and violence. There is no alternative but elimination of the terrorists and those who promote and incite the masses to commit terror and violence. The Arabs have an Arab/Palestinian state in Jordan which is over 80% Arab Palestinians. The territory of Jordan is Jewish territory and the Jews are not permitted to live there. The Arabs also have the over 12 million sq. km. of land received after WWI, the Jewish property, homes and the over 120,000 sq. km. of Jewish owned land; that the Arabs-Muslims confiscated from the over a million Jewish families terrorized and expelled from Arab countries that had lived there for over 2600 years.

    All terrorists must be eliminated, zero tolerance. The leaders in Gaza are all terrorists who must be eliminated and not run for office, that they continue terror and violence and abuse and defraud their own people. They use their people misery as an excuse for terror and blame on others for their failure to use the funds given to them by the world organizations to improve conditions for the people in Gaza.

    It is time for Israel to go in with the Army and start taking over Hebron, the second holiest city for Jews. Every terror attack another section of Hebron will be retaken by Israel the rightful owners. Since the 1920’s Hebron has and is a hotbed of terror. It is time to take some serious actions. Arab terror in Hebron against the Jews started in 1517.
    Israel must take back Gush Katif and all the Jewish communities vacated in 2005 by PM Ariel Sharon.

  • Lia

    Dear jay, diplospeak is also a good word!

  • Atti Cheron

    In my lifetime I have seen one or two acts of sheer bravery. The IDF displays such fetes every day and I am proud that such selflessness still exists. In my prayers for their safety and will be in my prayers for a time of God-ordained peace.

  • Michelle Kahn

    Who is “he”

  • Michelle Kahn

    It is time the world learns from the Israelis! Mr. Donald Trump is right! Learn from the Israelis!

  • Jay Lavine

    I read the word “disinformation” and wondered what he had said in Hebrew. To my surprise, he actually said דיסאינפורמציה (disinformatzia). Even in Hebrew, a new word had to be invented to circumvent the word “lies,” as dictated by diplospeak!