Israel is on high alert for Palestinian terrorist attacks during the upcoming High Holidays, starting with Rosh Hashanah this weekend.
Police officials said their goal is to have a gun in every synagogue to deter would-be attackers and protect worshippers.
As much as possible, the armed individuals will be uniformed, off-duty or volunteer police officers. Where that is not possible, authorities are asking locals with a gun license to arrive armed to holiday services.
The police will provide all armed synagogue-goers with a briefing on how to carry out their important task.
Jerusalem Police Chief Doron Turgeman said there is also a heavy focus on the Temple Mount, to which religious Jews flock during the biblical holidays.
“There will be dynamic public access to allow Muslims and Jews to ascend the Temple Mount without harming each other,” Turgeman told a press conference this week.
Palestinian leaders and Muslim clerics routinely use the arrival of Jewish worshippers to the Temple Mount to incite violence by claiming the Jews are trying to “Judaize” the holy site. This despite the fact that the Temple Mount is and has for millennia been Judaism’s holiest site, as documented in the Bible.
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