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Police Chief Says Public Must Adjust to Acts of Terrorism

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Shaul Rosolio, commander of Israel’s police, said yesterday the public had to be aware of the fact that there was no guaranteed defense against terrorism. He said Israeli security forces did not have enough manpower to guard every street and every neighborhood, and the public should therefore learn how to live with terror, and how to avoid it.

Speaking on Israel Radio, on the occasion of the publication of the police annual report, Rosolio recommended that parents committees organize within the framework of schools to secure maximum protection for their children. He added, however, that he did not support handing out weapons to the population “except for border settlements.”

Rosolio said the responsible authorities should be prepared for the possibilities of enemy attacks on Israel’s major cities, but he emphasized that preparation was not merely a matter of technical preparedness, but “a combination of organization on one hand and public morale on the other hand.” He added that the warning systems employed were efficient enough to give a fair chance that the enemy’s destructive devices will not reach the cities.

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