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IDF chief visits section of security barrier where Bnei Brak terrorist crossed into Israel

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Military chief Aviv Kohavi tours the West Bank security barrier, April 1, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
Military chief Aviv Kohavi tours the West Bank security barrier, April 1, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

Military chief Aviv Kohavi tours a section of the West Bank security barrier where the terrorist who killed five in Bnei Brak this week crossed into Israel illegally.

Diaa Hamarsheh, with a vehicle, crossed a gate for Palestinian farmers to access fields on the other side of the border fence.

“The terrorist took advantage of an agricultural crossing meant for the well-being of the Palestinians and their economy, to carry out a murderous terrorist attack,” Kohavi says at the scene.

Yesterday, the state ombudsman accused authorities of allowing the West Bank security barrier to fall into disrepair, saying that the defensive measure credited with helping staunch the Second Intifada over 15 years earlier was “no longer relevant.”

Matanyahu Englman made the comments while visiting a broken section of the barrier near the town of Matan, northwest of Tel Aviv.

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