Emergency To Prevent Arab Terror

Dr. Joseph Frager,

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Dr. Joseph Frager
The writer is a leading American pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events. He is clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician.

This past week concerned Jewish Leaders met in an emergency session to discuss ways to prevent Arab Terror.

 The Halamish massacre of Yosef Salomon(70), his daughter Haya(46), and his son Elad(35) while eating at a Friday night Sabbath meal  has to be prevented from ever happening again. This has got to be the final straw. Israeli leaders must employ new strategies and methodologies. As good as Israel's intelligence, police and military forces are, they have to be even better. I have highlighted some of points discussed at the emergency meeting.

For starters the passage of and implementation of the Taylor Force Law would impede American Taxpayer money from going to pay the families of terrorists. The open payment of families of terrorists of upwards of $3000 per month from the PA and Mahmoud Abbas will be eliminated by the passage of the Taylor Force Law (Taylor Force was an American Veteran stabbed to death while walking in Tel Aviv on March 9,2016).

The State Department's "evenhanded" comment regarding the Temple Mount only inflamed the situation. Any time moral equivalency is applied to Israel as was done by the State Department feeds into the terrorist's narrative. Imagine if the State Department had issued a similar statement to the Boston Police Department and FBI after the Marathon Bombing in 2012. Israel should not be subjected to the State Department's hypocrisy. Even though many Israeli citizens are able to carry a concealed weapon, the laws are still much too strict and restrictive.

The laws in Judea and Samaria are less so but still full of hassles including a requirement to live in a town for 3 years before being allowed to apply for a permit. Gun laws must be liberalized to allow more Israeli citizens as well as Americans who live in Israel to carry weapons. I recently was asked to help an American who own's a home in Israel which had been broken into twice to obtain a permit to carry a weapon in Israel. He had a carry permit in America. It is almost impossible.

Hopefully, the law will be changed. The next idea referred to a greater use of guard dogs. Israel has one of the best training facilities in the world for watch dogs. Unfortunately, guard dogs are under utilized. It must be expanded to include all the towns of Judea and Samaria. All of these towns must be fenced in with security cameras installed. Security patrols for each town must be beefed up.

Use of balloon drones over each town with centralization of images to Police Headquarters should be employed. Interestingly, during President Trump's visit to Israel a balloon drone was seen at all times over the King David Hotel. Finally, it is clear there has been an escalation of terror in Israel. The world has no right to tell Israel whether to use metal detectors or not anywhere it chooses. This is an emergency situation. It is time to treat it as such.