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IDF soldiers search vehicle at a Hebron checkpoint. (archive)

Israel’s cabinet approved ‘strong measures’ against terrorism at its weekly meeting Sunday, just hours after the plans were approved in a late-night security cabinet meeting.

The decision comes in the wake of two major terror attacks this past week, each leaving at least one Israeli dead. Friday’s attack also left a wife and mother in critical condition, a daughter in fair condition and a son injured; the family of 10 children are now fatherless as well.

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Among the measures were the denial of work permits for the residents of the Arab village of Bani Naim, home to the killer of 13-year-old Hallel Ariel of Kiryat Arba. It is also the village that has been home to six terrorists in recent months.

Two battalions and a paratroop unit were deployed over the weekend in the Hebron region, not far from Bani Naim. The troops are being used to secure Highway 60 and other roads in the area as well as to investigate the family members of the terrorist who murdered Ariel. Those who are found to be suspects will be arrested “in accordance with their level of involvement,” Netanyahu said.

In addition, the city of Hebron and surrounding Arab villages were to be cordoned off, with curfews in place and only humanitarian and medical cases allowed in and out.

Moreover, a tender for 42 new housing units previously frozen eight months prior was approved by the prime minister and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. The construction project is to be located in the neighborhood near the home of the Ariel family, not far from the security fence that surrounds Kiryat Arba.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

12 COMMENTS

  1. The enemies of Israel must be destroyed. How can we let this continue. They are our sworn enemies as a people so the people must be dealt as one. Does not mean you kill them all of course, but if they are our sworn enemies they must be dealt with as such: deportation or some other means they must be sent out of Israel. They as a whole either incite, aid or abet to murder. This war against a nation not crimes of individuals. We must change our world view on this.

  2. These Arab Islamic Jordanians are squatters who came into Jerusalem and the West Bank during the Jordanian regime from 1948 to 1967. The Damn Brits divided Jerusalem! The Jordanian settelers drove the Jews away, killed many, and stole their homes and property, especially in Hevron and Jerusalem. The Arabs came especially from Saudi Arabia and the surrounding Arab countries, into then Jordan, when King Hussein was made king of Jordan in 1948. This occured after King Husseins family was fighting for the throne with the House of Saudi… King of Saudi Arabia. Now these covetters/thieves claim to have been in Israel since the beginning…
    If a lie is told often enough, it becomes Palestine!

  3. The islamic terrorists kill so they will go heaven. Israel buries the islamic terrorists covered in pig then they go to hell. Israel broadcasts this. This is a punishment and a deterrent.

  4. Strong measures!!! Like bombing an empty building in Gaza for the one hundredth time. A strong measure would be for that same F16 to bomb the neighborhood in Gaza, where the Hamas elite live. Kill the elite class and their families residing with them.

  5. Once Israel increases it's security measures, the UN will slam Israel.
    To the UN, Israel has no right to protect itself from Islamic terrorism.
    The latest from the 4 states, have blamed both Israel and the Palestinians THAT THERE IS NO PEACE.
    immediately, ABBAS AND HIS CRAZY SIDE KICK (whatever his name is) complained that they will not be told by the 4 that they are also to blame. They want everyone to blame Israel only..
    I hope that the UN etc takes notice of these idiots and stops supporting them. They must surely now realize that they do not want peace, but the total destruction of the Jewish state.
    I have news for that murderer, Abbas. and his gange,.

    Israel is here to stay,. the Palestinians will soon be history

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