A new Israel Police unit set to be established by Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan will only deal with securing the sensitive compound of the Temple Mount. The decision was made following the Temple Mount crisis that occurred in July and will grant security forces a targeted focus at the compound.

Israel Border Police officers at the Temple Mount

Israel Border Police officers at the Temple Mount Photo Credit: Israel Police Spokesperson’s Unit/Channel 2 News

As part of Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan’s initiative and following the crisis surrounding the holy site this past July, a new Israel Police unit will be established specifically for the Temple Mount. The new unit will solely deal with securing the sensitive area that is considered holy to both Judaism and Islam.

Erdan is expected to announce the new plan this evening (Tuesday) at an appreciation conference for Jerusalem Police officers and Israel Border Police officers that is to be held East Jerusalem’s Emek Tzurim National Park.

In order to establish the new unit, 100 officers will be transferred from their current positions to securing the Temple Mount and throughout 2018, 100 new officers will be enlisted so that the number of officers in the unit will double within one year.

According to Channel 2 News, the unit will have its own special intelligence and will possess the Israel Police’s most advanced technology. The decision was made in order to allow for a more targeted focus at the Temple Mount and in order to prevent a dispersion of forces at the holy sites, such as the Western Wall and the churches in the area. As a result, the abilities, intelligence preparations and the operations at the Temple Mount will be more focused, while recognizing the sensitivity concerning the holy site.