Israel will deploy a record 12,000 police in Jerusalem on New Year's Eve, Israel's police commissioner said Tuesday, amid worldwide concern over millennium terrorists.
Commissioner Yehuda Wilk said he has not received concrete warnings about possible terror attacks. "However, our working premise always is that the will to carry out attacks exists," Wilk said.
He said the huge crowds expected in Jerusalem's walled Old City would pose a tremendous challenge to security forces. Hundreds of thousands of Muslim worshipers, as well as Christian pilgrims and observant Jews, likely will crowd holy sites in Jerusalem on Dec. 31.
The millennium has no religious significance for Jews or Muslims, but New Year's Eve falls on Friday, a holy day for both religions. In addition, it is the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, a time when mosque attendance traditionally swells.