The police force’s elite counterterrorism unit, Yamam, will be expanded and authorized to operate outside of Israel’s borders.
The unit’s mandate will be changed by law to authorize it to operate anywhere “the government of Israel sees fit,” whether within Israel’s borders or beyond them, and it will be beefed up by an extra company — about 100 people — in light of the threat of terrorist infiltrations along both the southern and the northern borders.
“For 40 years, Yamam fighters have protected Israel’s citizens,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a recent ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the unit’s establishment. “It’s an elite unit, one of the best in the world, which is one of the pillars of Israel’s security. Yamam’s fighters operate in the shadows, but they bring a great deal of light to Israel’s citizens.” […]