After a series of attacks between Israel and Palestine, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced new measures to protect its people. This includes more accessible gun licenses and strengthening the police and military to protect Jerusalem.
Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu has brought in new measures after a suspected Palestinian gunman took the lives of seven people near a synagogue in an Israeli settlement. Seven people died in the shooting, five of them were men and two were women, while three were wounded, and one was found in critical condition in the hospital.
- Netanyahu Brings Newer and Tougher Provisions
- Public Criticism generated against Netanyahu
- Recent Events in Israel
- US Secretary of State to visit Israel
Netanyahu Brings Newer and Tougher Provisions
In a four-hour security cabinet meeting yesterday, Netanyahu announced new measures to protect Israel. The PM has made it clear to demolish the houses of suspects involved in the shooting, the government will also accelerate the process of acquiring gun licenses for the residents, they will also strengthen the police and army and will also arrest people who are found carrying illegal weapons.
Netanyahu has called these measures a fight against terrorism. He said, “the homes of the suspected assailants would also be sealed immediately ahead of demolition to exact an additional price from those who support terrorism.” The officials later said that the attackers’ families would also not get social security privileges.
Israeli National Security Minister has claimed, “The only issue of sealing the houses is that… first, there is house demolition. To my astonishment, there are tens of houses in East Jerusalem that have not been demolished. It is still possible to demolish and I directed the police in the coming day to demolish those illegal houses. And there is the issue of weapons. I want weapons on the streets, I want the city to defend itself.” said Itamar Ben-Giverm Israel’s Security Minister.
Itamar has a reputation for being brutal and realistic. The PM is also supporting him in his realist, violent plans. He has considered revenge tactics and collective punishment as solutions to the problem. The last four-hour-long meeting was strictly a security meeting. But a wider cabinet is also meeting shortly to discuss the same matters further.
Public criticism generated against Netanyahu
Many have called the latest move by the Israeli PM a breach of human rights and a push toward violence. Mr Nethanyahu is urging the civilians not to take the law into their hands but at the same time, his recent measures give more weapons to those who are ready to use them at any time. They are giving more arms and weapons to people in Jerusalem.
People of the region are now asking if there will be another uprising, as they protest in Tel Aviv. The protestors are taking a stand against the policies and plans issued by Netanyahu since he came back to power. They also held a moment of silence to support the victims caught in the Jerusalem shooting. They are speaking out loud against the treatment given to the family of the attackers since they usually have no idea that their houses will be demolished, and they do not get any social security. Moreover, they also lose their citizenship status and can no longer live in the city.
Recent Events in Israel
This week witnessed continuous attacks between Israel and Palestine which have cost the lives of more than 30 people in the region. On January 26, the Israeli army killed 10 Palestinians in Jenin, followed by multiple airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. After the event, the Palestinian group Hamas promised to continue to carry out [their] duty to defend the Palestinian people. In the latest attack in Israel, the gunman is suspected to be a Palestinian.
In light of recent events, another uprising in Israel is predicted as getting a gun license becomes easier. Israeli police have encouraged citizens to carry guns in public if they have a permit. The security cabinet meeting has authorised to build of more buildings on Palestinian land, the international community has condemned this move as it is against international law and can escalate the situation further.
US Secretary of State to visit Israel
Anthony Blinken the US Secretary of State will head to the Middle East and go to Jerusalem in a three-day visit, starting today. This will be Blinken’s first visit to the state since Netanyahu came back to power last December.
“With both Israeli and Palestinian leaders, the Secretary will underscore the urgent need for the parties to take steps to deescalate tensions in order to put an end to the cycle of violence that has claimed too many innocent lives,” the State Department said in a statement on Thursday. “He also will discuss the importance of upholding the historic status quo of the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount in Jerusalem, in words and in actions.”
In 1967, Israel seized Jerusalem and the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Since then, there has been a growing movement calling for Jews to be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount. Many Jews saw the capture of the Old City as symbolic and related it to the “End of Days” as prophesied in Christian scripture. It has also been noted that the US has been reluctant to criticize Israel despite its actions.