Israeli PM vows to crack down on terror

“The supreme mission of the Government of Israel is to restore personal security to the citizens of Israel” said Bennett

Israeli PM vows to crack down on terror

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett. Photo: GPO / Haim Zach

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addressed the deterioration of the security situation across the country at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday, discussing actions against the current wave of terror, which most recently cost the lives of three men in the city of Elad on Thursday evening.  

“We said that we would apprehend the terrorists and we have done so,” said the Prime Minister. “The miserable terrorists, brainwashed with incitement who used axes to commit unimaginably brutal murders, were apprehended near a local quarry.” Bennett lauded the ISA (Shin Bet) as well as the Israel Police and all of the soldiers.

However, Bennett added that “Capturing the murderers is not enough. We are at the start of a new stage in the war on terrorism. Those who incite cannot rest easy. Those who throw matches cannot run away.
“The supreme mission of the Government of Israel is to restore personal security to the citizens of Israel.”

The government is proposing the establishment of a civilian national guard, and Bennett announced that the National Security Council has already been instructed to present the government with an orderly and budgeted plan.

“The urgent need to strengthen the personal security of the citizens of Israel was born a year ago during the events of Operation Guardians of the Walls, mainly in the mixed cities, and it is more urgent than ever in the current wave of terrorism,” said Bennett.

“Time and time again, we see the difference between incidents in which there was a responsible armed civilian in the area and those in which there was not. The need is great, especially in the ultra-orthodox cities, in which fewer people carry weapons. We are taking action.”

In addition, the police will also be embarking on an operation to deal with individuals who are illegally present in Israel.

“Over the weekend, I instructed that an effort be coordinated – operational, legal and regarding infrastructure – against those who transport, provide lodging for and employ people present in Israel illegally,” said Bennett.

“We will use all of the tools at our disposal – including the seizure of vehicles, fines – whatever is needed. All government ministries, but especially the Public Security Ministry and the Justice Ministry, are already working on it.”

Addressing the dire situation of his coalition, which is teetering on the brink following whip Idit Simlan walking away from it last month, Bennett said that “Our government needs to continue to work and function in order to deal with the security situation and not show the enemy, when it raises its head, a divided and quarrelsome country.” 

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