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Cabinet okays designating ‘Yamam’ as national counterterror unit

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visits the Yamam police unit on December 1, 2021. (Kobi Gideon / GPO)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visits the Yamam police unit on December 1, 2021. (Kobi Gideon / GPO)

The cabinet approves the decision by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Public Security Minister Omer Barlev to designate the Israel Police’s Special Police Unit the country’s national counterterrorism unit.

The move will see additional funds allocated to the unit, known by its Hebrew acronym Yamam, to boost its capabilities.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting, Bennett recalls a recent visit to the Special Police Unit.

“I saw the unit members in action, practicing what they know how to do very well – taking control of a terrorist event with determination, efficiency and professionalism. Do not mess with them,” he says.

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