Israel to hire 2,000 extra staff to combat violence and extremism
Israel will hire 2.5 times more staff to deal with the rising number of violent attacks, security sources said Friday, in a bid to counter an uptick in assaults and violence.
The announcement comes amid heightened tensions between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, where rockets fired by both sides have killed several Israeli civilians.
The government has pledged to increase security measures and increased police patrols in the area.
In recent months, the number of Israelis killed by Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza has risen sharply, with more than 50 people killed and more than 100 injured.
In July, a Palestinian car bomber attacked the Jerusalem subway and killed a number of people, including several children, before being killed by police.
A large number of Palestinian attacks in Israel and Gaza have been carried out by members of the Islamic Jihad, a Hamas-affiliated terror group.
It is banned by Israel and carries a death sentence in Palestinian prisons.