Bat Yam bus bombing 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Nir Elias)
Following a spate of terrorist activity this week, police said Thursday that
security measures have been heightened to prevent future attacks and ensure the
safety of citizens.
“We have carried out extensive security assessments
throughout the week and police have stepped up patrols in Palestinian areas in
Judea and Samaria,” said Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
continuing to work in close coordination with the IDF and Border Police,” he
Rosenfeld confirmed that bomb disposal experts had also been
stationed in the South to respond to possible rocket fire from the Gaza
On Wednesday, Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino said security
forces had noticed a disturbing rise in “grassroots terrorism,” which had been
predicted once peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority resumed.
Danino made the remarks during a visit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in
Jerusalem, where Rami Ravid, a traffic officer, was convalescing after being
stabbed by a Palestinian
in the West Bank three days ago.
father of two from Adam was stabbed in the back by a Palestinian terrorist
Monday night next to the West Bank Highway 60 junction, just outside of
Jerusalem and Ramallah.
Ravid arrived at the hospital in serious
condition with a 15-centimeter blade still lodged in his back. Although the
knife was successfully removed during surgery, a hospital spokeswoman said the
wound resulted in the loss of a kidney.
“It was a major injury because
the knife penetrated his back, stomach and kidney, but he is much better now and
will probably be removed from the intensive care unit to a regular department
tomorrow,” she said. “He’ll be okay and able to function on one
In the meantime, she said, Ravid is awake and speaking with
friends and family. “He’s much, much better, thank God.”
came approximately 24 hours after Border Police thwarted a separate
knife-wielding terrorist attack at the Ma’aleh Adumim checkpoint Sunday evening,
and a bomb was detonated on an empty bus
in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam
earlier that afternoon.
No one was wounded in either
Rosenfeld said that while all three incidents are considered
terrorist attacks, they are presently believed to be unrelated, pending further
He added that the public is being asked to remain acutely
aware of their surroundings at all times.
“It is very important that
people remain aware of activity around them in all public places and to notify
police of any suspicious activities,” he said.
Rosenfeld added that
police are also actively preparing for Sunday’s release of 26 Palestinian
terrorists, but did not comment on measures being taken.