Feb. 14, 2018
Israeli Defense Minister Praises Security Coordination with Palestinians – Anna Ahronheim and Adam Rasgon
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman praised the PA security officers who helped extract two IDF soldiers who accidentally drove into the Palestinian city of Jenin on Monday. “Thanks to the cooperation and security coordination we saw the results. The Palestinian officers and the security coordination deserve a good word. The Palestinians also understand that the security coordination is a mutual interest, which is why we work to preserve it.”
More than 100 members of the PA security forces in civilian and official attire worked to bring the soldiers to safety, a Palestinian security official said Monday. “Our forces pushed the boys on the street away from the soldiers. We then put the soldiers in one of our police cars and brought them to the Israeli authorities in the Civil Administration. We also returned the military vehicle to the Israelis.” One soldier’s weapon, which was taken during the incident, was returned to Israel by Palestinian security officials on Tuesday. (Jerusalem Post)
Israeli-Palestinian Security Coordination – Neri Zilber and Ghaith al-Omari
According to official Palestinian figures, in 2017 alone over 500 Israelis strayed into Palestinian-controlled areas of the West Bank; they were all detained safely by PA security forces and returned to Israel unharmed. This is only one facet of Israeli-Palestinian security coordination, which also includes intelligence sharing, counterterrorism, deconfliction during Israeli military raids into PA-controlled areas of the West Bank, and riot control.
Israeli and Palestinian officers are in constant contact to discuss common threats in the West Bank. Working to interdict attackers during the eruption of “lone wolf” terror attacks in 2015-2016, by the end of 2016, PA forces were responsible for a third of all terror suspect arrests.
The PA also works to stop large-scale demonstrations from escalating. It’s not an accident that, in the two months since President Trump’s December speech recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the level of unrest on the ground has been tepid. A senior Israeli security official said security coordination with the PA has actually grown closer since Trump’s speech. (Daily Beast)