March 31, 2022 by Aryeh Savir – TPS
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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett convened the Ministerial Committee on National Security Affairs on Wednesday evening following three terror attacks in Israel over the past week that left 11 dead and more than 20 injured.
Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman, who is legally required to attend the meeting, did not. He attended a conference in London instead. Several other ministers who are currently overseas have joined via secure lines.
Bennett stressed that “the primary mission of those present at the discussion is to prevent further terrorist attacks and to enhance security and a sense of security among the public.”
The Security Cabinet called for increasing the presence of security forces and strengthening units on the ground, especially at points of friction, strengthening units along the borders and advancing a plan for the reconstruction of the barrier of security.
In addition, the Cabinet has ordered extensive counter-terrorism operations, “especially insider operations”, among those who promote and identify with the terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS). The terrorist who carried out the attack in Beersheba last week and killed four Israelis, and the two Islamist terrorists who carried out the attack in Hadera on Sunday night and killed two others, were ISIS sympathizers. Police have since arrested several ISIS supporters in the north and Bedouins in the Negev region.
The Cabinet also ordered the “strengthening of deterrence and highlighting the losses suffered by those closest to the terrorist who carried out the attacks”. As a result, it was decided to revoke the work permits of people close to the terrorists and to proceed quickly with the demolition of the houses. These measures are not new. House demolition is usually blocked or presented with a significant obstacle by the High Court of Justice.
The IDF has already deployed 14 combat battalions, including special forces. In addition, intelligence and collection capabilities have been improved.
The IDF has also deployed 15 companies of special units in training to assist the police, some of which will help protect the border area and others will be deployed in towns, according to the Israel Police decision.
Polls released Wednesday showed that the public does not feel safe on the streets and has no confidence in Bennett’s ability to deal with situations.
Security tensions in Israel are high, following a series of terror attacks in the Jerusalem area, the killing of four Israelis in Be’er Sheva, the killing of two others in Hadera by Islamist terrorists, and the latest attack in Bnei Brak which left five dead, and ahead of the Muslim month of Ramadan, which usually means an upsurge in Muslim violence and acts of terrorism in Israel.
The country’s security establishment is bracing for violence, especially as Ramadan coincides with Passover, and after the first anniversary of Operation Guardian of the Walls in May 2021, which was launched by the Israeli military following a Hamas rocket attack on Jerusalem that began at the height of the month of Ramadan.