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Israel’s cabinet authorizes police to close ‘centers of friction’ in Jerusalem


PUBLISHED Tue, October 13, 2015 - 7:35pm EDT


Israel's security cabinet has authorized police to close or surround "centers of friction and incitement" in Jerusalem, saying the measures are needed to deal with a recent wave of terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens. (more)

The security measures were outlined in a statement released by the Israeli government and followed a meeting of the Security Cabinet on late Tuesday night.

"The Israel Police is authorized to impose a closure on, or to surround, centers of friction and incitement in Jerusalem, in accordance with security considerations," the statement said. It did not say which specific areas could be closed as part of the new security measures.

Other steps announced include: the confiscation of property of terrorists who have carried out attacks, revoking the permanent residency rights of terrorists, and not allowing new construction at sites where terrorists have previously lived.

The Israeli security cabinet also decided to expand the operational police force and to recruit 300 additional security guards for public transportation in Jerusalem. IDF units will also be used to reinforce police in cities and along roads.

Israel's security cabinet is expected to reconvene on Wednesday afternoon.


  Statement from the Israeli government (click to expand)

Security Cabinet Approves Series of Additional Measures to Deal with the Wave of Terrorism

(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

The Security Cabinet met yesterday evening (Tuesday, 13 October 2015) to continue its discussions on the security situation and approved a series of additional steps to deal with the wave of terrorism:

* The Israel Police is authorized to impose a closure on, or to surround, centers of friction and incitement in Jerusalem, in accordance with security considerations.

* In addition to the demolition of terrorists' homes, no new construction will be permitted at the site where a terrorist's home has been demolished.

* The property of terrorists who perpetrate attacks will be confiscated.

* The permanent residency rights of terrorists will be revoked.

* The operational force of the Israel Police will be enlarged and expanded.

* 300 additional security guards will be recruited for public transportation in Jerusalem at a cost of NIS 80 million.

* IDF units will reinforce the Israel Police in cities and along roads.

* The IDF will be instructed to deploy units in sensitive areas along the security fence in the immediate term. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directed that staff work be done on completing the security fence including in the southern Hebron Hills area.

The Security Cabinet will reconvene this afternoon (Wednesday, 14 October 2015), to deal with additional issues including incitement.






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