Israel Takes Stronger Measures Against Palestinian Terror in Judea and Samaria

Gush Etzion

Hebron terror

Two knives found on terrorists in Hebron. (IDF)

With no end in sight to the daily Palestinian acts of terror against Israelis, security forces in Judea and Samaria are taking new measures to prevent further attacks.

The IDF is taking measures to separate the Jewish and Arab communities in Hebron and in Gush Etzion (Etzion bloc of Jewish communities south of Jerusalem) amid the ongoing security crisis.

Since last month, multiple Palestinian terror attacks have been occurring daily not only in Judea and Samaria and in the Old City of Jerusalem, but also throughout Israel. Many were thwarted by the IDF.

As part of the new security initiative, Palestinian males between the ages of 15 and 25 will be barred from passing through Hebron’s Jewish neighborhood. For those who live in the surrounding area and cannot avoid the area, however, an intense security check will be conducted.

Davidi Perl, head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, met with the local IDF brigade commander to develop new strategies to prevent future attacks, the council announced in an email to residents on Thursday evening, Times of Israel reports.

“In the area around the bloc’s junction, soldiers will keep Palestinians from being in contact with the Jewish population to the extent that they can,” Perl told TOI.

The news site did not get confirmation from the IDF regarding Perl’s statement.

No End in Sight

“In the past two weeks we have experienced, almost every day, a series of serious terror attacks in the Etzion Bloc. To our dismay, according to our intelligence assessment there is no end in sight and we do not identify a decrease in the terrorists’ motivation to attack,” Perl said.

Meanwhile, a Gush Etzion council leader said soldiers will separate Palestinian and Jewish residents at the Gush Etzion junction, which has been the site of multiple attacks.

“In Hebron, since October 1, a total of 13 stabbing attacks or foiled attempts were carried out by Palestinians against civilians and security forces,” an IDF spokeswoman told TOI. “In light of this reality, beginning on the morning of October 29, in accordance with a security assessment, several precautionary measures were taken in order to prevent potential attacks in the future and maintain the safety and well-being of Israelis.”

Security forces are on high alert in anticipation of violence on Friday following morning prayers at the mosques.

By: United with Israel Staff

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Source: United with Israel