Israel Police implements plans to increase security due to terror attacks

In light of the recent terror attacks, the Israel Police implemented its plans to increase security in Jerusalem in preparation for the Jewish High Holidays earlier than scheduled. Instead of implementing them closer to the holidays, the plans were put into effect starting today. This decision comes after the Israeli Prime Minister held a special meeting last night regarding the issue.

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In light of the surge in terror attacks, the Israel Police decided to implement its plans to increase security in Jerusalem in preparation for the Jewish High Holidays earlier than scheduled. The increased police presence will begin today (Monday) after two police officers were stabbed this morning by a Palestinian terrorist at Herod’s Gate. This decision was received at the end of a special meeting that was held by Jerusalem District Police Commander Yoram Halevy.

The Israel Police has placed officers at locations that are considered sensitive sites and have the potential of being targeted by terrorists. Today, hundreds of additional police officers were placed throughout Israel’s capital city. Most of the police officers were assigned to locations in East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem and the Old City.

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Last night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a special meeting last night regarding the security in Jerusalem in preparation for the Jewish High Holidays. During the meeting, Netanyahu instructed that the police presence throughout Jerusalem be increased while highlighting his concerns for the Old City and the area surrounding the Temple Mount. The Prime Minister also said that every attempt to disturb the peace in Israel’s capital city must be thwarted.

Netanyahu instructed the Knesset Speaker to prevent MKs and ministers from ascending the Temple Mount during this sensitive period. In addition, Netanyahu called for the activities against the Palestinian incitement on social media sites to be increased.

The meeting was attended by senior level Israeli officials including Public Security Minsiter Gilad Erdan, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Israel Police Deputy Commissioner Zohar Dvir, Jerusalem District Police Commander Yoram Halevy, the deputy director of the Shin Bet, a representative from the IDF and members of the Israeli National Security Council.

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