On the last weekend before the general election – a rise in the number of terror alerts: The security establishment said on Friday it has 76 terror alerts, including 16 based on pinpoint intelligence tips. The Islamic Jihad is the group most eager to carry out an attack.
On Tuesday morning the police will be put in the highest state of alert, which will continue till Thursday evening.
Internal Security Minister Gideon Ezra told Ynet on Friday afternoon: “The police is preparing for a struggle against terror and for ensuring pure elections. It is capacity has been stretched to the maximum. From Tuesday morning till Thursday, the highest state of alert will be put in place.”
Ezra added that “for the first time police have a computerized arrangement, which points ballot stations on cruisers’ screens, and every policeman knows his task precisely.”
Police are on alert as of Friday but at 6 a.m. on Tuesday March 28 the highest alert will be declared. Some 22,000 policemen and Border Guards will be positioned in across the country, around Jerusalem and along the border with the West Bank.
Policemen will be positioned near ballot stations and at attraction sites, since election day is a holiday.
Security officials expect the number of terror warnings to rise in the lead-up to Tuesday. Minister Ezra said: “Terror groups always want to carry out attacks. On election day, a lot of reporters from all over the world are in Israel, and this increases the terrorists’ will to carry out attacks. But the IDF and the police are prepared to thwart these attempts.”
On Tuesday security officials thwarted a terror attack in the center of the country. A van carrying ten Palestinians, including a would-be suicide bomber with a 7 Kg explosives belt, was chased on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway.
On Wednesday, an elite IDF unit nabbed a Ramallah terrorist who planned to carry out an attack in Jerusalem before the election.