The private cars of Jewish settlers in the West Bank will be fitted with special protective windows, paid for by the government, Transport Minister Moshe Katsav announced Monday.
The special windows, which are meant to help deflect rocks and firebombs hurled by Palestinian rioters, will be financed by the Transport, Defense and Treasury ministries, Katsav said during a tour of West Bank settlements Monday morning.
In another security measure, Egged passenger buses on routes in the West Bank will be fitted with new communications equipment, enabling them to keep contact with nearby settlements.
All buses traveling through the West Bank already have been fitted with the protective windows.
Katsav said that the government had decided to “invest money for the safety of private cars, as we have done already with the buses,” in order to give settlers “more physical support” to protect themselves from Palestinian violence.
The Likud minister also said he believes the Palestinian uprising is weakening.
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