Yamas (Israel Border Police unit)


Yamas[1] (Hebrew: יחידת המסתערבים, Yehidat HaMista'arvim) is a special forces counter-terrorist unit attached to the Israeli Border Police,[2] but directly subordinate to Shin Bet. A secret unit, known for its undercover counter-terrorist operations conducted in civilian Arab disguise within Arab territories. Its basic purpose is to deal with disturbances, demonstrations and neutralize the agitating factors, as well as to make harsh arrests in the heart of a hostile Arab population. Its uniqueness is the activity that takes place when the unit's fighters are disguised as Arabs. Its personnel do not wear uniforms and are not allowed to disclose their membership of the organization. The unit's sniper teams are considered to be amongst the best in Israel, having won numerous sniper awards.[3]

Undercover Counter-Terrorism Unit
Country Israel
AgencyIsrael Police
TypePolice tactical unit
RoleUndercover counter-terrorism and law enforcement
Part ofIsrael Border Police
Significant operation(s)First Intifada
Second Intifada
During a training exercise.

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  1. ^ "ימ"ס | יחידת המסתערבים של משמר הגבול". אדרנלין (in Hebrew). 2021-05-12. Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  2. ^ "חייל משמר הגבול ( מגב ) חושף - ככה תתקבלו ליחידת המסתערבים". אדרנלין (in Hebrew). 2022-04-19. Retrieved 2022-05-19.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-09. Retrieved 2017-09-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  • Deflem, Mathieu. 2012. "Yehida Mishtartit Mistaravim (YAMAS) (Israel)." pp. 71–72 in Counterterrorism: From the Cold War to the War on Terror, Vol. 2, edited by Frank G. Shanty. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO.