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Israel to Boost Jerusalem Security After Terror Attacks

(JNS) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and senior Jerusalem municipal officials have agreed on a series of measures to increase security in the capital following a wave of terrorist attacks.

The plan includes reinforcing security and police units, concentrating intelligence and operational efforts and improving civilian protection in the city, particularly at bus stops.

Some 300 bus stops defined as high-priority and currently unprotected will be reinforced immediately, with the Prime Minister’s Office allocating a designated budget. The Jerusalem municipality will in the next phase of the project reinforce the remaining approximately 700 bus stops within its jurisdiction using a future funding allocation by the PMO.

“In light of the recent spate of difficult incidents throughout the country in general and in the capital in particular, my government has been working day and night in order to restore the sense of security to the citizens of the State of Israel,” said Netanyahu in a statement.

Added Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion: “I thank Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the entire PMO team for the rapid response and finding an immediate solution for the personal security of the residents of Jerusalem.”

Israel’s Security Cabinet on Sunday, Feb. 12 approved a series of counter-terrorism measures including reinforcing Israel Police and Border Police units in Jerusalem and expanding operations against inciters and supporters of terrorism.

Netanyahu emphasized that security forces would take focused action against terrorists and that there would be no collective punishment.

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