The months-long wave of terror against Israel and her people has been widespread. But the attacks that were occurring in Jerusalem have ebbed as of late. The Jerusalem Post's Daniel K. Eisenbud reports that the recent calm in the Holy City can be chalked up to police and intelligence tactics:
With the last major attack in Jerusalem having taken place on March 9 outside the Old City, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the relative lull in violence is attributable to hyper-vigilance, preemptive tactics and extensive intelligence coordination.
“Of course, the strategy is having police units at the right place at the right time, so we have mapped out the different areas where terror attacks could or have taken place,” said Rosenfeld during an interview with The Jerusalem Post.
“Multiple units are carrying out security measures in those areas – constantly guarding and patrolling them by car, motorcycle and foot, with undercover officers on site at all times.”
To ensure seamless coordination, Rosenfeld said a Tactical Intelligence Assessment Unit has been instrumental in “keeping all units connected in real time.”
Areas of the capital being monitored most carefully, he said, include the Old City, with an emphasis on the Damascus Gate; the light rail, which is frequently chaperoned by patrol cars; the central bus station; and all malls, restaurants and shopping centers.
The biggest challenge facing police, Rosenfeld contended, is the unpredictable nature of the attacks, which he said units are increasingly identifying using preemptive measures, including closely monitoring Arab social media.
“Over the last couple months, there’s been a change in tracking and finding potential terrorists, and police units are deeply involved in tracking social media sites where potential terrorists are making contact with one another and transferring information,” he said.
“Based on this information, police have been able to reach potential terrorists and have them arrested before they can carry out attacks.”