Israel developing app to call for help in event of terror attack

Smartphone application is one of the ways in which the government is working to counter the current wave of terrorism.

October 26, 2015 15:43
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A Palestinian holding a knife in Hebron. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Anyone encountering a terrorist attack will be able to use an app to immediately notify security forces, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday.

Netanyahu told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that one of the ways in which the government is working to counter the current wave of terrorism is developing the emergency smartphone application.

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The Security Cabinet has held eight meetings since the increase in violence began, and is working to "remove the sensitive detonator of the Temple Mount to lower the level of violence," Netanyahu explained.

As such, he reached an agreement with US Secretary of State John Kerry over the weekend that there will be no changes in the status quo since 1967, as in, that only Muslims may pray at the holy site, but people of all religions may visit.

"We are considering installing cameras to document what happens on the Mount, to prove that there is no change to the status quo and to film the rioters," Netanyahu explained.

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