Commanders Praise Soldiers' Courage, Professionalism
Border Police Commander, Major General Amos Yaakov, visited Tapuach Junction in Samaria before dawn Tuesday and spoke with the combat servicemen there about the terrorist attack that targeted them.
"You carried out your mission in the best way possible,” said Major General Yaakov. “You demonstrated determination, professionalism and courage. That is precisely what is expected of a Border Police combat serviceman.”
Yaakov went from Tapuach to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, where he visited the policeman who was lightly wounded in the attack.
IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, came to the scene of the attack shortly after it occurred.
The officers briefed Gantz on the details of the attack.
Gershon Mesika, head of the Shomron Regional Council, said on Monday night that the terrorists who carried out the attack were encouraged by the international backing given to the Hamas-Fatah unity government.
The Border Police are a combined military and police unit. The corps is part of the police force but many of its men and women are recruited at age 18 through the IDF.
Monday night’s attack came just three days after security forces apprehended an Arab terrorist wearing a suicide-bomb belt at the same location.
The terrorist raised suspicions by wearing a large coat in the hot summer weather. After security forces called on him to take off the coat and be checked, the man refused and proceeded to lay on the floor.
When he finally removed his coat, he was found to be wearing a belt of explosives. A bomb disposal squad was called to the area to dismantle the explosives.