Protecting Israel from Terror

YATAR's mission is to protect Israel and its citizens from terrorist attacks by deploying highly-trained volunteer units to work alongside the IDF and Israel's Border Police, in the borders of Judea and Samaria, Gaza, Egypt and Jordan.

Judea and Samaria

Violence from Judea and Samaria has escalated in 2022, not only at the low-grade mass protest-riot level, but also using deadly weapons. Those deadly weapons led to the deaths of 31 Israelis, a majority of them civilians

Gaza Border

In recent years, Gaza has been a constant source of security concerns for Israel, with terrorists attempting to infiltrate into Israel, smuggling weapons and explosives, and building terror infrastructure in the region. Despite the efforts to curb these activities, they continue to pose a significant threat to the safety and security of Israeli citizens.

Egypt and Jordan Borders

The border between Israel and Egypt as well as the border with Jordan is a major point of entry for weapons, explosives, and other contraband used by terrorist groups.

Since the beginning of the year, YATAR has been working tirelessly to fulfill its mission of combating terrorist threats. Through our highly trained and experienced officers, we have been able to make significant achievements in keeping Israel safe.

YATAR's Activities


weapons seized


smugglers caught


arrested for crossing a fence


drug smuggling attempts thwarted


criminal offenses thwarted


ammunition seized


tresspassing attempts thwarted


smuggling infrastructures seized



From Tragedy to Triumph

YATAR was founded in 2016 in the wake of the brutal murder of Dafna Meir and Esther Horgen


Born in Paris (France) in May 1968, Esther decides early on to make her life in Israel. She makes aliya by herself in 1986, studies arts at Emunah college in Jerusalem Married to Benjamin in the summer of 1990, they will eventually have 6 children Esther and Benjamin move from Tel aviv to Haifa, and to Galilee before finally moving to Tal Menashe in 2001 Esther works first as a graphic artist and then specializes in Jewish Psychology. She works as a therapist and contribute to several publications (in French) Esther loves nature, sports, traveling and her grandkids!

A sunny winter day, at 14:00 Esther goes for her daily walk in the adjacent Shaked Forest (renamed since then Esther Forest) Benjamin returns home from work around 18:00, she is nowhere to be found Massive searches begin by the IDF, police, S&R unit, volunteers Esther’s body is found at 02:00 by a K9 & volunteers unit with obvious signs of a violent struggle The terrorist is quickly identified and is arrested 4 days later.

Esther left her parents, 3 sisters, her husband, 6 children aged 29-13, 2 grand children (5, 1).


Dafna Meir, a mother of six who was stabbed to death in her home by a Palestinian terrorist. Dafna’s husband, Natan Meir, founded YATAR in her memory, to help prevent other families from suffering a similar tragedy.