The Minister of Defense, Yoav Gallant, convened this evening a special situation assessment on the preparation of the security system for the Tishrei holidays.
The discussion, which took place at the office of the Minister of Defense in HaKirya, was attended by Chief of Staff Major General Herzi Halevi, Deputy Chief of the Shin Bet, Chief of the Operations Division in the IDF Major General Oded Basiuk, Chief of Defense Staff Major General Aharon Haliva, Chief of Defense Staff Major General Ghassan Alian and other senior officials in the security system.
"We are in a complex security period in all sectors. Especially in Judea, Samaria and around Jerusalem," said the Minister of Defense at the end of the assessment of the situation.
"In order to make sure that the citizens of Israel get through the holiday season safely, the security system is being deployed in a wide array. In intelligence, in the protection of the roads and settlements, and in operations to thwart terrorist operatives and their emissaries."
"My message to the security system is clear: we must protect the citizens of Israel. During this period, there will be those who will try to hurt us during the holidays. Against the elements of terrorism, we will take defensive actions, and if an attack is required, we will do so overwhelmingly."
"I suggest to all the elements of terrorism - in Judea and Samaria, in Gaza, in Lebanon or anywhere else, do not test us."
Today (Wednesday - Israel) the police announced that the arrest of the terrorist who carried out last night's stabbing attack near the Old City of Jerusalem, in which 3 people were injured, has been extended. In the court's decision, it was determined that the terrorist's detention was extended by 7 days, until September 13.