Photo Credit: Gershon Elinson/Flash90
Israeli security inspect the vehicle of a Palestinian attacker who drove over Israelis near Alon Shvut, Gush Etzion, on May 14, 2015.

Following the wave of Arab terror attacks in Gush Etzion, the IDF announced a series of measures it will take in order to improve the security of the citizens.  ,

The Gush Etzion junction has become one of the most popular spots for Palestinian Authority terrorists to stab, shoot and run over Jewish motorists, hitchhikers and soldiers. This central junction, located just south of Efrat, interconnects Jerusalem to Hebron, Alon Shvut, Kfar Etzion, and the communities in Western Gush Etzion. It is located adjacent to the Rami Levy shopping center.

Advertisement



The Gush Etzion Regional Council spokesman told The JewishPress.com that the road between the Gush Etzion Junction and Alon Shvut/Kfar Etzion will be closed to Palestinian Authority Arabs, and on Highway 60, traffic will be divided to separate PA Arab and Jewish vehicles under new IDF directives to reduce potential terror attacks.

The latest wave of terror, which follows years of dozens of murders and attempted murders of Jews in Gush Etzion, prompted the military to launch security arrangements to reduce the danger.

Previous improvements to security have proven to be short-lived, and it is not known if these new measures will be permanent.

The new steps the IDF are announcing include:

  1. Separate lanes for Palestinian Authority and Israel motorists approaching the Gush Etzion junction on Highway 60 from the north (Bethlehem, Hussan, El Hadr) and south (Hebron region);
  1. Prohibiting Palestinian Authority drivers from using the road that runs west from the junction to Alon Shvut and Kibbutz Kfar Etzion;
  1. Separate entrance to the parking lot at the Rami Levy shopping complex, located 500 feet west of the junction; and
  1. Deploying a special IDF unit at the junction.

The IDF also will deploy a special combat unit and will establish checkpoints at the exits from Hebron area villages.

The military also will take more action to arrest rock-throwers, will establish more lookout outposts on the roofs of strategically located Arab houses and will establish a second guard tower at the Gush Etzion Junction.

The plan to bar Palestinian Authority motorists from the road from the junction to Kibbutz Kfar Etzion, the same road where Hamas terrorists kidnapped and murdered three yeshiva youth two summers ago, could face a challenge in court.

Left-wing groups several years ago won their case in court against barring Arabs from Highway 443, the road that connect Jerusalem with Modi’in and which serves as an alternative to the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Highway 1.

Palestinian Authority terrorists have since carried out several deadly attacks on Highway 443, including the stabbing death of an Israeli soldier at a gas station two days ago.

Gush Etzion Junction
Advertisement

SHARE
Previous articleLight Rail Guard Prevents Stabbing Attack at Jerusalem Bus Station
Next articlePutin’s Spokesman: No Idea Why Russia’s Grand Mufti Wished Israel Same Fate as Crimea
Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

14 COMMENTS

  1. i ASSUME THEY MEAN NON-CITIZEN RESIDENTS OF EITHER THE PA OR THE GUSH ETZION AREA, SHOMORON AND SO ON.. THIS KIND OF LAZY REPORTING ONLY FURTHERS THE APARTHEID STATE THINKING. ISRAELI CITIZENS, FOR GOOD OR BAD HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS TO USE THE ROADS, AND WHATEVER OTHER RIGHTS CITIZENS HAVE.

  2. Lazy reporting and headlining. The IDF is considering barring NON CITIZENS from use of the roads because of security considerations. Arab Israelis have the same rights as Jewish or any other kind of Israeli citizens to drive around (probably more as they can go into areas where Jewish Israelis can't go). Please fix. You are handing ammunition to the Israeli Apartheid Trolls and you CAN do better.

  3. I long to see this govt. vote a law to change the way supreme court judges are elected and specially the way they keep their tenure and sell it to other lefters when they leave. This is horrendous undemocratic and the reason why lefters go to supreme court every time Israel has to protect irself. Enough is enough with these bloody stalinist judges.

  4. Pontes : to do this Israel's lefters must dissociate themselves from european lefters and undersztand the latter want peace for themselves not for Israel. They think that if Israel is is destroyed they will have peace but they do not give a damn whaqt happens to Israel. Israel's leftwing is the DUMBEST IN THE WORLD.

  5. Yehudit : and you lefter troll are giving ammo to those who want to destroy Israel which is much worse. Do you think arabs will spare lefters such as you? or maybe destroying Israel is such a joy to you that you are willing to suicide for it? who is the troll you arch idiot?

  6. "Burro Exchange Program".. to be implement immediately !
    Granting non-citizens viable transportation, while eliminating pre-meditated vehicular murder. Saddle-bags included for groceries, pending jihadist acceptance of plastic cutlery.

    I hesitated in posting this.. as there's nothing amusing in the godless acts of terrorism that have senselessly taken lives from Israeli families, friends and loved ones.

  7. I don't understand – I live in Gush Etzion and I think the article read correctly. If I understand this right, they want to separate the yellow plates from the white and green plates. That is separating based on where they are registering the car which is basically talking about a distinction of who is and who is not a citizen. Please enlighten me if this is not the case.

Comments are closed.

Loading Facebook Comments ...