Netanyahu announces crackdown on crime in Israel’s Arab communities

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Cherie Cullen.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Ten days after Arab Israeli terrorist Nashat Milhem shot dead two Jews in central Tel Aviv, while also allegedly murdering an Arab cab driver during his escape, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government would introduce a series of measures to boost law enforcement activities in Arab communities.

Among the steps being considered are constructing more police stations and extending their hours of operation, confiscating unlicensed firearms, and reducing illegal construction. Netanyahu met with Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan on Sunday to discuss the matter and asked the minister to report back to him with a comprehensive plan. Israel Police Commissioner Insp. Gen. Roni Alsheikh, Shin Bet security agency chief Yoram Cohen, and Prime Minister’s Office Director General Eli Groner also took part in the meeting. It was decided that Groner would oversee the resources and budgets to implement the plan.

“Israel will enforce its laws and its sovereignty over all parts of the state—the Galilee, the Negev, the [predominantly Arab northern area known as] the Triangle, and everywhere else,” said Netanyahu. “We will build new police stations, recruit more police officers. We will enter every community and demand adherence to the laws of the state.”

Posted on January 11, 2016 .