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.