IDF Tries New Car ID System at Checkpoints

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Central Command is trying out a new system to allow Israelis traveling from Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) to pass through checkpoints quickly.

IDF soldiers manning the checkpoints are under orders to check each vehicle to catch infiltrators planning terror-related activities and to catch car thieves traveling back to Palestinian Authority- (PA) controlled cities in cars stolen in Israel.

The device, developed by Elbit Systems Ltd., consists of an electronic card attached to the windshield and a keypad installed in the car. The driver types in a code, which tells the soldiers it's a safe vehicle.

The system has been installed in 300 cars of families from the Israeli city of Ariel in Samaria.

If the new system works well, it will be distributed to other families living in Judea and Samaria, and a new lane at the checkpoints will be designated for these cars.

"If someone steals the car, they will not have the code and we will be able to catch them as they try infiltrating Israel," an IDF officer explained.

"If the code is punched in, then the car will be allowed inspection-free access in and out of the Judea and Samaria," he said.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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