Dr Mike Evans

Netanyahu visits Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Unit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, and Israel Police Inspector General Yaakov Shabtai visited the Israel National Counter-Terrorism (INCT) Unit of the Israel Police at Mishmar Ayalon.

During their time together, they received a security briefing on the operational activities of the INCT Unit, with a particular focus on recent actions in Jenin and the overall operational landscape. The Prime Minister was also presented with insights into the advanced capabilities and classified developments of the INCT Unit.

At the conclusion of the visit, Prime Minister Netanyahu honored the INCT Unit and the operational unit of the ISA with citations. These citations recognized their remarkable achievements, sophisticated operations, and creative approaches in 2022-2023. The Prime Minister emphasized their invaluable contribution to thwarting terrorism and safeguarding the citizens of Israel in the regions of Judea and Samaria.

Expressing his appreciation, Prime Minister Netanyahu commended the progress, commitment, professionalism, and outstanding results achieved by the INCT Unit. He highlighted the exemplary counter-terrorist actions carried out over the past six months, which demonstrated a successful track record of eliminating terrorists while minimizing harm to non-combatants and avoiding casualties among the Israeli forces. The Prime Minister praised the unit’s continuous creativity, initiative, and ability to stay one step ahead of the enemy.

The Prime Minister underscored the significance of designating the INCT Unit as the national counter-terrorism unit, emphasizing the unit’s continuous validation of this decision through their dedication and exceptional performance. He conveyed the government’s and the citizens of Israel’s deep appreciation and gratitude to the unit for their unwavering commitment to protecting the nation.

National Security Minister Ben-Gvir expressed profound admiration and appreciation for the INCT Unit’s exceptional activity. He acknowledged their courageous efforts in carrying out daily counter-terrorist actions throughout Israel, highlighting their status as national heroes.

The Minister affirmed the government’s commitment to fully support the unit and announced plans to strengthen the INCT Unit further to enable its personnel to continue their outstanding work across the country.

Accompanying the Prime Minister during the visit were his Chief of Staff Tzachi Braverman, Military Secretary Maj.-Gen. Avi Gil, outgoing Border Police Commander Amir Cohen, incoming Border Police Commander Barik Yitzhak, and the Commander of the INCT Unit. The visit served as a testament to the government’s recognition of the unit’s invaluable service and their dedication to maintaining the safety and security of the nation.