Israel’s cabinet authorizes police to close ‘centers of friction’ in Jerusalem

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Israel’s security cabinet has authorized police to close or surround “centers of friction and incitement” in Jerusalem, saying the measures are needed to deal with a recent wave of terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens.

The security measures were outlined in a statement released by the Israeli government and followed a meeting of the Security Cabinet on late Tuesday night.

“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,” the statement said. It did not say which specific areas could be closed as part of the new security measures.

Other steps announced include: the confiscation of property of terrorists who have carried out attacks, revoking the permanent residency rights of terrorists, and not allowing new construction at sites where terrorists have previously lived.

The Israeli security cabinet also decided to expand the operational police force and to recruit 300 additional security guards for public transportation in Jerusalem. IDF units will also be used to reinforce police in cities and along roads.

Israel’s security cabinet is expected to reconvene on Wednesday afternoon.

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