Amid new terror attacks, Israel increases security ahead of High Holidays


( Following a period of relative calm in recent weeks, multiple new terror attacks took place in the Jewish state since Friday, leading Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to issue an assessment of Israeli security ahead of the High Holidays.

“This morning and over the weekend there were several attempts to attack IDF soldiers and security forces personnel,” Netanyahu said. “I commend the quick reactions of the soldiers and police personnel, and I send – on behalf of the entire Cabinet – my best wishes for a recovery to the wounded.”

The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron where two Palestinian terrorists attempted to stab Israeli border police officers on Monday. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

In the latest incident on Monday, two Palestinian terrorists attempted to stab Israeli border police officers at the Cave of the Patriarchs. The officers shot and killed both men. In another incident earlier on Monday, a resident of eastern Jerusalem stabbed two police officers before one of the officers neutralized the attacker. Both officers were wounded and taken to the hospital for treatment.

On Sunday, a Palestinian terrorist infiltrated the Judean Jewish village of Efrat, where he stabbed and injured an IDF officer. A second soldier shot the terrorist. On Friday, a Jordanian man also tried to stab an Israeli border policeman at the Damascus gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. Two Palestinian terrorists also attempted a car-ramming attack on IDF soldiers using a truck at the entrance to the Kiryat Arba Israeli village near Hebron. Separately, a bus traveling between Jerusalem and Ma'ale Adumim was pelted with rocks and glass bottles filled with paint. And an IDF soldier was lightly wounded in another stabbing attack at a junction near Hebron.

On Sunday, Netanyahu increased security around the country, especially in Jerusalem’s Old City, around the Temple Mount and in Judea and Samaria. He also ordered an increase in social media monitoring to prevent Palestinian incitement.

“Ahead of the Tishrei holidays, the risk threshold has risen,” Netanyahu said. “The IDF and the Israel Police are boosting their forces. The security forces are on heightened alert and I will meet with them today in order to ensure that we will be ready to defend our people during this sensitive period.”

Posted on September 19, 2016 .