Israel announced on Saturday that a planned transfer of responsibility for security over eastern Jerusalem checkpoints and Israeli communities near Jerusalem in Judea and Samaria, from Israel Defense Forces to Israel Police jurisdiction, will be delayed by 30 days.

The transfer had been set to take place on Sunday, but an assessment by Israel Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai and Border Police Commander Amir Cohen found that “the resources necessary for the assumption of responsibility have yet to be transferred from the Defense Ministry,” according to the statement.

The National Security Ministry requested that the transfer be delayed pending an evaluation of the matter.

The National Security Council recommended in November that the Israel Police take over security at 13 Israeli communities near Jerusalem.

Also in November, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi suspended the deployment of soldiers to the Shuafat checkpoint, concluding that they are not suited to such operations, following a deadly shooting at the site.

He ordered that Border Police units perform security checks there in place of the IDF.


Jewish News Syndicate

With geographic, political and social divides growing wider, high-quality reporting and informed analysis are more important than ever to keep people connected.

Our ability to cover the most important issues in Israel and throughout the Jewish world—without the standard media bias—depends on the support of committed readers.

If you appreciate the value of our news service and recognize how JNS stands out among the competition, please click on the link and make a one-time or monthly contribution.

We appreciate your support.