17,000 Cops on Election Day Duty

Workers pack ballot boxes ahead of the elections, in the Logistics Center of the Central Elections Committee, in Shoham. (Flash90)

Seventeen thousand police officers and Border Guards will be on duty Tuesday, Election Day, to ensure public order at the polls and security in public spaces. Many of the officers will be posted at parks, malls, and other places of entertainment and leisure. Election Day is a day off for Israeli workers, and the predicted warm and sunny weather is expected to draw hundreds of thousands to leisure activities – after they go to vote in the morning, of course.

Overnight Sunday, IDF soldiers seized weapons that were to be used in terror attacks. Soldiers, working with police, discovered weapons in several villages in the Binyamin region. Among the weapons was an M-16 rifle. The owner of the house was arrested and questioned on what the weapons were doing there.

In a statement, the army said that such weapons were used in terror attacks as well as for criminal activity, and that security forces were determined to seize all weapons that were being held illegally by all people, in order to better protect all Israelis and residents of Palestinian Authority-controlled areas, who are also under threat by terrorists and criminals.

IDF forces also confiscated terror funds from villages in the Binyamin region. The funds, amounting to tens of thousands of shekels, were part of payments made by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to the families of terrorists for committing terror acts against Israelis, officials said.

Overnight Sunday, security officials said they arrested 21 wanted security suspects in areas of Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.