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Arab protesters burn tires and throw stones at Israeli security forces near Ramallah. (Oct. 2015)

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Israeli Security Cabinet convened to continue its discussions on the security situation.

During this meeting the Cabinet approved a series of additional steps to address the ever-increasing tsunami of terrorism. These approved measures included increases in security forces in volatile areas, closures in highly inflammatory areas, prohibition of reconstruction of demolished terrorists’ homes, confiscation of terrorists’ property, the permanent revocation of terrorists’ residency rights and the rapid completion of remaining portions of the security fence.


The measures approved by the Cabinet are: * The Israel Police is authorized to impose a closure on, or to surround, centers of friction and incitement in Jerusalem, in accordance with security considerations. * In addition to the demolition of terrorists’ homes, no new construction will be permitted at the site where a terrorist’s home has been demolished.

* The property of terrorists who perpetrate attacks will be confiscated.

* The permanent residency rights of terrorists will be revoked.

* The operational force of the Israel Police will be enlarged and expanded.

* 300 additional security guards will be recruited for public transportation in Jerusalem at a cost of NIS 80 million.

* IDF units will reinforce the Israel Police in cities and along roads.

* The IDF will be instructed to deploy units in sensitive areas along the security fence right away. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directed that completion of the security fence, including in the southern Hebron Hills area, commence.

The Security Cabinet will reconvene on Wednesday, Oct. 14, to address additional issues including that of incitement.


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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: [email protected]