Erdan: ‘Unprecedented Security Changes’ Coming to Sha’ar Shechem

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Israeli security forces at the scene where an IDF soldier was stabbed by an Arab near Sha’ar Shechem.  (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan promised Thursday that the area near Sha’ar Shechem in the Old City of Yerushalayim would soon undergo “an unprecedented change” in security-related matters. New cameras, lights, security checkpoints and other measures would soon be installed, Erdan said in a speech Thursday at the Herzliya Policy Conference.

The new measures are to be implemented in the wake of the latest terror attack last Friday, which claimed the life of Israeli Border Guard Hadas Malka, H”yd. Many of the terror attacks in the vicinity of the Old City have taken place in that area, Erdan said, and implementing new and upgraded security measures would reduce attacks there, as they have elsewhere in Yerushalayim. Within the Old City, he said, terror attacks had fallen significantly, and security measures in other neighborhoods have reduced the overall number of attacks by 73 percent in recent years.

Also speaking at the conference was Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, who accused Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas of “trying to drag Israel into a war with Hamas.” However, Israel has no intention of entering into a military operation against Gaza or anywhere else, “not in the summer and not in the winter, not in the north and not in the south.”

With that, Israel will not fail to respond as needed to terror or other attacks in Israel, as well as a massive arms or terrorist build-up on its borders. That would apply especially in the north, as Hezbollah has been taking advantage of the chaotic situation in Syria to station itself along the border with Israel on the Golan. If Syria continues to allow this to happen “and assists Hezbollah and Iran to open a new front against us, it is Syria and its leader Bashar Assad who will bear the responsibility for what happens next.”