Reservists called on to secure West Bank communities after Halamish attack

Following the deadly terror attack in Halamish in which three members of the Salomon family were murdered by a Palestinian terrorist, the IDF has decided to call upon 60 reserve soldiers for duty who will serve as security reinforcements for West Bank communities.
60 reservists will be called-up on special order Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit/ Channel 2 News

After Friday’s murderous attack in Halamish and an ensuing investigation into the response, the IDF continues to act towards preventing future attacks. As of today (Sunday) following assessments, the IDF has decided to recruit 60 reserve soldiers on "special order" tasked with protecting the villages and settlements In the West Bank.

The reservists will provide additional security for the communities themselves. In addition, a vehicle will be assigned to patrol all threatened communities. The IDF chief of staff decided yesterday that additional reinforcements will be dispatched by the end of the week on top of those already in place in the West Bank.

This morning, a document compiled by the Samaria Regional Council's Security Division and published by Channel 2 News Online, points to a series of significant gaps in security at dozens of communities across the region. According to the document, an investment of approximately 44 million NIS would be required to correct the deficiencies.

At the scene of the Halamish terror attack Photo Credit: TPS/Channel 2 News

Israel’s security establishment is aware of the council’s claims has been reportedly working to deal with the issue over the last 18 months since the terror wave began. After the Henkin couple’s murder near Itamar in October 2015, it was decided that a network of cameras along the main roads in the West Bank would be installed and that protective shelters at central intersections where car ramming attacks may occur would be built.

Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council Photo Credit: Flash 90/Channel 2 News

The head of the Samaria Regional Council, Yossi Dagan, sharply criticized what he described as "a neglect of the residents of Judea and Samaria," stating: "The security measures in the settlements and along the roads in Judea and Samaria are one big oversight. What is worse and even most insulting, is that after every attack, from Jerusalem to America, promises are made to correct this terrible deficiency. Yet, when the next attack comes we hold our heads in our hands and say this is another attack that could have been technically avoided.”

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