Police car in Tel Aviv at night 311.
(photo credit: Yoni Cohen)
Concerns over potential revenge attacks on American targets in Israel motivated
state police to implement a heightened security plan for Memorial and
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As part of an annual security plan, thousands of
additional officers have been deployed across the country since Pessah in
preparation for this week.
Police are on extra alert following last
week’s raid against al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
deployment will continue until children return to school next week, police
In an effort to prevent terrorists from sneaking into the country
via migrant worker routes, police also plan to increase the number of raids
against illegal Palestinian workers in Israel.
Police will especially
seek out those suspected of transporting, employing and providing such
individuals with room and board.
Mobile and stationary police check
points will be erected at entrances to cities, while international border
crossings will see tightened security this week.
Cmdr. Nissim Mor, head
of the Operations Branch, ordered all police districts and branches to deploy
thousands of officers from Sunday evening onwards, from the security fence to
The deployments are based on evaluations and the latest
intelligence, police said.
On Saturday night, the IDF implemented a
general closure of the West Bank for the duration of the holidays.
closure will remain in place until Tuesday evening at 23:59
Crossings based on medical need or for humanitarian aid will be
permitted during the closure.
Intercity highways, urban routes and Routes
1, 6 and 443 will see an increase in Traffic Police presence on
During Independence Day, all events involving large crowds will
be declared “security territory” and will be secured by
Undercover officers will also be deployed to the celebrations “to
prevent standard offenses such as violence, pickpocketing and drug use,” police
said.Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.