The government on Sunday unanimously approved a plan by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan to increase law and order in the Arab sector. The plan would significantly increase the police presence in areas of Jerusalem that are currently rarely even entered by police.
Under the plan, ten new police stations will be opened in Arab neighborhoods of Yerushalayim, while ten existing stations will be upgraded and expanded. Some 2,600 new police officers will be hired, at a cost of NIS 2 billion a year.
Erdan said that the decision was a “historic” one that will increase the level of security for all residents of Yerushalayim, and especially of neighborhoods in East Yerushalayim. According to Erdan, residents and community leaders have been seeking an increased police presence, as the streets in many of the Arab villages and neighborhoods in Yerushalayim are controlled by criminal and terrorist gangs.
Israel Radio on Sunday quoted a Shin Bet source as saying that Israel has been doing an effective job of stemming terrorism. Potential terrorists have been thinking twice before attempting to undertake attacks, because they are seeing that security forces have been stopping and killing the terrorists involved – with the feeling growing among Palestinians that there is “no point” in planning attacks.