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Lapid: Israel expects Palestinian Authority ‘to take responsibility, fight terror’

Prime Minister Yair Lapid (R) and Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar tour the security service's headquarters for the northern West Bank, September 15, 2022. (Haim Zach/GPO)
Prime Minister Yair Lapid (R) and Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar tour the security service's headquarters for the northern West Bank, September 15, 2022. (Haim Zach/GPO)

Prime Minister Yair Lapid tours the Shin Bet security service’s headquarters for the northern West Bank, amid a marked rise in deadly clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian gunmen in the area.

Lapid’s visit comes a day after IDF Maj. Bar Falah was killed in a firefight with two Palestinians along the West Bank security barriers. The two assailants, one of whom was a Palestinian Authority intelligence officer, were killed in the exchange of fire.

“The State of Israel will continue to stop and hinder terror activities and terrorists,” he says. “We expect the [Palestinian] Authority to take responsibility and fight terror.”

Israeli leaders have become increasingly vocal in blaming the PA’s slackening grip on West Bank areas it controls — particularly Jenin and Nablus — for the jump in armed clashes.

The premier was given a security briefing during the visit, according to a statement from his office.

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