JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday outlined plans for tough new security measures against Palestinians in the West Bank after two Israelis were killed in stabbing attacks in less than 24 hours.
The new steps include greater security checks of Palestinian vehicles on roads also used by Israelis and new bypass routes to prevent Palestinian drivers from passing through some busy junctions in the southern West Bank. Netanyahu also said work permits would be revoked for the families of those who carry out such attacks.
In a statement, he said the army had free rein to enter Palestinian villages, communities and homes and to carry out widespread arrests to crack down on what Israeli politicians and media have described as a "wave of terror" by Palestinians against Israelis.
Netanyahu announced the measures during a visit with his top military generals and security advisers to a busy West Bank intersection where a Palestinian man fatally stabbed an Israeli woman on Sunday.
Hadar Buchris, the victim of Sunday's attack, was buried in a Jerusalem cemetery on Monday. At roughly the same time, an Israeli soldier was stabbed to death by a Palestinian assailant at a busy gas station.