After attack, police mull keeping cadets from Damascus Gate
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After attack, police mull keeping cadets from Damascus Gate

Hadar Cohen, 19, was still in training when she was killed in Jerusalem Wednesday, but officials say she reacted like a veteran

Lee Gancman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich at the scene of a shooting and stabbing attack near Damascus Gate, Jerusalem, February 3, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich at the scene of a shooting and stabbing attack near Damascus Gate, Jerusalem, February 3, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A day after a Palestinian attack that left one female cadet dead and another seriously wounded, the Border Police is considering a new policy to stop stationing cadets at East Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate and other “hot zones.”

According to reports, Border Police top brass met on Thursday to discuss a possible policy change in light of Wednesday’s attack, and recommended that places most likely to attacked should only be staffed by veteran officers.

Until now, the standard Border Police policy was to embed cadets who had finished their basic training with veteran fighters in dangerous East Jerusalem locales to gain experience in the field.

Policewoman Hadar Cohen, 19, was killed and her colleague Ravit Mirilashvili was hospitalized with serious injuries after three Palestinians shot and stabbed them outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Border Police colleagues of Hadar Cohen, 19, at her funeral in Yehud, on February 4, 2016. Cohen was killed by Palestinian gunmen near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on February 3. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Border Police colleagues of Hadar Cohen, 19, at her funeral in Yehud, on February 4, 2016. Cohen was killed by Palestinian gunmen near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on February 3. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Both Cohen and Mirilashvili were drafted into the Border Police only two months ago, and were still in training when the attack took place.

The policewomen were part of a three-person squad that spotted three Palestinians behaving in a suspicious manner and asked to see their identification papers.

Border Police officer Hadar Cohen, 19, was killed in a terror attack at Damascus Gate outside of Jerusalem's Old City on February 3, 2016. (Israel Police)
Border Police officer Hadar Cohen, 19, was killed in a terror attack at Damascus Gate outside of Jerusalem’s Old City on February 3, 2016. (Israel Police)

As one attacker withdrew his ID card, the others opened fire and pulled out knives to attack the officers. The three were shot dead by officers at the scene.

Thursday’s recommendations came amid assessments that the conduct of the cadets was impeccable during the attack, despite their inexperience, and that they had, in fact, “exceeded expectations.”

Senior defense officials were even quoted as saying that “veteran fighters could not have reacted any better in the situation.”

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