The objective of the IDF Central Command is to defend the residents of the central coastal region as well as residents of the Judea and Samaria (West Bank) region.
At one of Israel's narrowest points, only 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) seperate the coastal city of Netanya from the West Bank security barrier. If the barrier did not exist, it would be simple for anyone wishing to attack Israeli civilians to walk to population centers in central Israel.
Notorious Palestinian terrorist attacks have originated in Judea and Samaria and the Central Command's main purpose is to thwart all forms of terrorist attacks and to root out terrorism wherever it may exist in the region.
The presence and operations of IDF forces throughout the Central Command have prevented the spread of Hamas and other terrorist groups in the region.