Outgoing acting police commissioner Bentzi Sau announced on Sunday that some 16 extra Border Police companies, composed of more than 1,000 highly-trained officers, are to be called to duty in Jerusalem to assist police in dealing with the ongoing violence in the capital.
During a press conference at police headquarters on Sunday afternoon, Sau said he plans to present his plan to the government’s security cabinet, which will add more than 1,000 of the officers to the 3,500 currently on the ground.
“These companies are comprised of well-trained Border Police officers that can deal with disturbances and riots on all levels and at all times,” he said.
Additionally, Sau said that metal detectors would be placed outside the entrance of the Temple Mount to prevent Muslim radicals from bringing weapons to the contested holy site. Sau added that because the metal detectors will not be in the holy site, the police will work independently of the Wakf religious trust, which oversees the compound on behalf of the Jordanian government.
In terms of terrorist attacks, he noted that most of the assaults have been carried out by lone wolves against ultra-Orthodox Jews and police officers.
With respect to the incessant rock and firebomb attacks, he noted that the approval of less lethal Ruger rifles to target assailants has already proven to be an effective deterrent, having successfully neutralized 37 suspects.
Sau reported that more than 300 Palestinians have been arrested since the conflict escalated earlier this month; nearly 70 officers have been wounded.