In response to an increase in intelligence regarding potential terrorist attacks, Jerusalem Police have announced plans to bolster security measures in the city during the upcoming High Holidays.
“There’s been an increase in warnings and actionable threats, of all types, during the Selichot period,” Jerusalem Police Chief Doron Turgeman shared his concerns with Israeli journalists Wednesday.
Turgeman emphasized the growing number of alerts and various threats that have been identified throughout the holiday season, prompting the need for enhanced security measures. As a precautionary step, Turgeman revealed that each synagogue across the city will receive dedicated protection from an armed guard.
Highlighting the severity of the situation, Turgeman disclosed that the police force has successfully thwarted 31 potential attacks within Jerusalem since the start of the year. He also mentioned that recent police actions resulted in the removal of eight individuals from the Temple Mount, a significant religious site in the city.
The police chief also told Israeli media that there are currently 110 individuals in preventive custody due to concerns of incitement and potential hostile activities.
The decision to ramp up security comes at a time of increased tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, particularly in the West Bank region.