Jerusalem: Bus Drivers will Learn Krav Maga

Government approves plan for 300 guards to be stationed at Jerusalem's bus stations, teach drivers self defense.

Gil Ronen ,

Jerusalem Egged bus (file)
Jerusalem Egged bus (file)
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As part of the effort to stem the rising tide of Arab violence in Israel – and in Jerusalem in particular – the Ministry of Transport has drawn up a plan to place guards at Jerusalem's bus stations, reported Channel 2 Monday. The guards were first stationed on bus lines during the horrific terror war of the 2000s, usually known by its Arabic name, the Second Intifada.

The plan has received the approval of the prime minister.

According to the plan, 300 security guards will be stationed at the Jerusalem Central Bus Station and along bus routes. The Ministry of Transport has already carried out inspection tours and selected the bus lines deemed to be in greatest danger, and thus in greatest need of a security presence.

In addition, about 10,000 bus drivers nationwide have begun to receive training in the Israeli martial art, Krav Maga, and in identifying suspects. The drivers will receive 10 hours' training each.

Transport Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) said Sunday that he does “not expect the struggle in Jerusalem to be over very soon.” He added that bus stations need to be protected and not just Light Rail stations.

Concrete blocks have been placed at Light Rail stations to prevent terrorist drivers from running over passengers, as has happened at least twice in the recent weeks.