Minister of Defense and Chief of Staff to Assess Security Situation

Archive photo: IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson

The Minister of Defense will meet with the Chief of Staff and various other security officials to assess the security situation in Israel following Wednesday afternoon’s attack in Jerusalem

Date: 23/03/2011, 7:29 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak, is set to assess the security situation in Israel following Wednesday afternoon’s (Mar. 23) attack in Jerusalem. Joining the Minister of Defense will be the Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, Deputy Minister of Defense, Matan Vilnai and other security officials and intelligence personnel.

A 59-year-old woman was killed and more than 30 people injured when an explosive device exploded near a bus stop by the Jerusalem Conference Center (Binyanei Ha’uma) in the city center. Those injured were taken to nearby hospitals. The woman passed away at the Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem, due to injuries suffered during the event.

“We will not tolerate attacks on Israel’s civilians, not in communities in the South and not in Jerusalem. As far as we are concerned, Hamas is responsible for the Grad rockets shot toward Be’er Sheba today and this responsibility is not without its consequences,” said the Minister of Defense after the event.

He added, “The IDF (Zahal) will continue to work to defend the citizens of Israel and to thwart attacks along the Gaza Strip security fence. There will be ups and downs, not everything will end tomorrow, but we are determined to bring the calm back to the area.”
Commissioner of the Israel Police, Rav Nitzav Dudi Cohen, addressed the attack yesterday saying in the past few weeks Israel Police has been preparing itself for various possible incidents.

“I’m not sure that we’re moving in the direction of continual terror attacks. The last event was in 2008, Israel Police is prepared for every possible, future occurence,” said the Commissioner.

According to him, “Israel Police is spread across Israel, we can assess situations, learn needed background intelligence and change activity levels according to what is needed. I don’t think that because of one event we need to change the whole of police activities.”