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Israeli-Arab violence is greater threat to Israel than Hezbollah – Sa’ar

CM 04/10/2021


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The current wave of Israeli-Arab violence is a greater threat to the country than Hamas and Hezbollah, Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar told The Jerusalem Post in an exclusive interview on Monday.
“The phenomenon of organized crime [in the Israeli-Arab sector] endangers Israel more than external threats,” Sa’ar said.
Pressed if he really believed the issue was a greater threat to the country than threats posed by Hezbollah and Hamas, he shot back without hesitation, “In my view, yes.”

“If you do not know how to deal with this issue, it will cause neighborhoods to crumble to pieces from within,” said the justice minister.
Addressing the potential pitfalls and slippery slope of involving the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) in the issue, as opposed to leaving the police to handle it, he said that, “the Shin Bet law empowers the agency to deal with organized crime,” such as the current Israeli-Arab wave of violence which is “undermining the foundations of the rule of law.”
Next, he was questioned about whether it was a smart move to involve the Shin Bet even if it was legal, given concerns that the agency could improperly infringe citizens’ rights with its powers meant to be used against terrorists from Hamas and elsewhere.  

 JEWS AND ARABS protest outside the home of public security minister Amir Ohana in Tel Aviv, earlier this year, against the high crime rate and violence in the Israeli-Arab communities. (credit: MIRIAM ASTER/FLASH90) JEWS AND ARABS protest outside the home of public security minister Amir Ohana in Tel Aviv, earlier this year, against the high crime rate and violence in the Israeli-Arab communities. (credit: MIRIAM ASTER/FLASH90)

He responded, “it is smart. This is a hard situation and we need all of the state authorities. We are not using them to replace the police tomorrow, but they [the Shin Bet] can help in different ways.”
When it was noted that many Shin Bet officials themselves would prefer not to be involved in anything beyond their more regular counter-terror mission, he said, “they will come committed to the effort,” when called on.
Further, he noted that elements of the current wave of violence have also spilled over into nationalistic crimes and that that the Shin Bet’s talents were most appropriate for combatting the approximate 500,000 illegal weapons in the Israeli-Arab sector.
Later, in New Hope’s faction meeting, Sa’ar said he would insist on completing the passage of a bill requiring minimum jail sentences for possessing illegal weapons. He said he would also widen the authority of economic courts to take action against the tax evasion and money laundering of organized crime and enable police to take more steps to prevent evidence from being lost. 
Ra’am (United Arab List) head Mansour Abbas told his faction that he is worried about the security of Arab society suffering from violence and crime.
“Happily there are practical steps which are advancing as part of the five-year plan for eradicating violence and crime,” Abbas said. “Our priorities are eradicating violence and crime in the Arab sector, advancing construction programs and land allocation for Arab society through various committees, including recognition of Negev settlements and economic development of Negev.”
Abbas said the passage of the budget is critical for implementing a change in policy to achieve the goals his party set.
“We do not make a coalition to break it up,” he said. “We want it to continue working and to continue to exist but are demanding that government and coalition fulfill promises to Ra’am.”

Source: Jerusalem Post

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