Netanyahu: IDF Must Show Zero Tolerance for Stone-throwing and Terror

Meeting on security situation in Jerusalem and Highway 443, prime minister decides to beef up forces in the capital and consider installing cameras on the highway.

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Barak Ravid

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday ordered a reassessment of the Israel Defense Forces' standing orders for opening fire on stone and fire-bomb throwers.

"The policy is zero tolerance for stone-throwing and terror," Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu's order for reassessment comes against a background of difficulties experienced by the legal system in dealing with minors involved in such activities, according to statement from the Prime Minister's Office.

The prime minister convened a meeting Wednesday on the security situation in Jerusalem and on Highway 443 (the eastern road connecting the capital and Tel Aviv, part of which runs through the West Bank) with the participation of senior ministers and security service heads.

During the meeting, he also called for the implementation of a minimum sentence for stone and fire-bomb throwers, the reinforcement of security personnel on Highway 443 and in the West Bank and additional intelligence and surveillance measures.

Another measure under consideration is the installation of lighting along the length of the highway and the stationing of security cameras.

The participants in the meeting decided to supplement the security forces in Jerusalem with two Border Police companies and an additional 400 policemen.

About a month ago, the IDF updated its standing orders for opening fire on stone throwers for soldiers serving in the West Bank, instructing them to refrain from opening fire unless their lives were in immediate danger. The new order followed a spate of terror attacks and the arson in the village of Duma that left two Palestinians dead.

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