A new spate of deadly attacks that have claimed the lives of at least 11 Israelis in a week now has officials warning that a new wave of terror may soon hit the country after years of relative calm.
As The Jerusalem Post reports:
Following a situational assessment with the Defense Ministry and senior IDF officials, the Israeli military will provide the Israel Police with “extensive assistance,” including 15 companies of special forces troops (a total of 1,000 troops) in training some of whom will assist in protecting the seam line while others will be deployed to major cities in accordance to the needs of the police.
Gantz, who spoke to reporters following a situational assessment on Wednesday evening at the Headquarters of the IDF’s Central Command said that both defensive and offensive measures will be taken to prevent further attacks.
“We will take all the means necessary to stop this wave of terrorism,” Gantz said. “We will restore security and stability by showing strength, wisdom and responsibility. We will act in accordance with our long-term vision and security needs.”
The deaths mark one of the highest terror-related casualty tolls in a week period since the second intifada, in which over 1,000 lives were lost from 2000-2005. It is also the first significant security challenge Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has faced since he took office last June.
In a video released after one of the attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced that his country is now ‘facing a new wave of terrorism.’