Palestinians and Israeli Arabs have carried out at least 100 knife attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians in recent months. Now, the Israeli military hopes it has found a way of keeping its troops safe: Neck protectors designed to prevent soldiers from being stabbed or slashed.
According to the Times of Israel, the Israel Defense Forces’ Central Command first floated the idea of giving the new equipment to soldiers based in dangerous areas in November.
Lt. Col. Liron Segel, who heads the directorate’s Personal Protection and Equipment Department, said that the Israeli-made gear is effective, comfortable, and easily fits with the troops’ existing bullet-proof vests. “I’ve given them a solution to the threat of stabbing attacks,” he said Tuesday.
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