After Two Terror Attacks in a Week, Israel Lays Out New Measures to Prevent Escalation

Bennett also decides to make further use of detention without trial against terror suspects while expanding dialogue with leaders from Israel's Arab communities

The scene of the attack in Hadera on Sunday.
The scene of the attack in Hadera on Sunday.Credit: Rami Shllush

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Monday that he had ordered a bolstering of Israel's security forces until Independence Day on May 5, with an emphasis on volatile regions at risk of violence following a terror attack that left two Israelis dead and put Israel's security echelon on high alert.

Bennett's announcement is based on a security assessment following the attack in Hadera that left two Border Police officers, in addition to the two assailants from the nearby town of Umm al-Fahm, dead on Sunday evening. This was the second deadly attack carried out by Islamic State supporters in less than a week.

Bennett also announced that police would expand their efforts to confiscate weapons and monitor individuals suspected of incitement on social media. Terror suspects will increasingly be put under administrative detention without trial, he said, while the government simultaneously plans to increase its dialogue with the leadership in Arab communities ahead of Ramadan.

Security forces intend to conduct a large-scale arrest operation against individuals suspected of involvement in terrorism and to detain them without charges. Defense officials have begun drawing up a list of Israeli Arabs to arrest based on purported information about involvement with terrorism, and plan to conduct a thorough investigation of social media networks to identify those calling for violence.

The meeting was attended by Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev, Israeli army Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi, Shin Bet director Ronen Bar and Israel Police chief Kobi Shabtai. "Extreme segments of Arab society that are directed by extremist Islamist ideology are engaging in terrorist activity," he told leaders at the meeting.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced that he is postponing his planned official trip to India.

Speaking Monday at a ceremony marking the anniversary of a military operation Israel undertook during the second intifada, Gantz vowed that to ensure stability, the government would “station thousands of soldiers and policemen to search until we get to everyone who aided these attacks or encouraged them” to ensure stability. “We will get our hands on those who are inciting online, no one is immune, everyone is in our crossroads or will come into it any place that they are,” the defense minister vowed.

Israeli police said they plan to deploy six reservist Border Police companies during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in light of recent attacks, up from the initial plan to deploy just three. The police are also considering recruiting about 500 volunteers.

Prior to Sunday's attack in Hadera, the seventh such attack in March, the government decided to swell the presence of IDF soldiers and Border Police in the West Bank and its border regions.

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