Aharonovitch: Planned cuts to police will cause more crime

July 29, 2012 17:41

Plans by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to cut 181 million shekels from the Public Security Ministry's Budget will result in more crime and violence on the streets, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch warned Sunday.

Although the ministry uses just three percent of the state budget, it will absorb 14% of the overall state budget cut, according to figures.

"There will be less police on the streets," Aharonovitch said. "This cut is a decisive blow to current working plans. It will harm the Israel Police. It will harm the personal security of each and every one of us. It must not go ahead. This is a blow against society, which is seeking a sense of security and a quality police presence," he added.

The minister said that it is "inconceivable that the prime minister and finance minister will now deliver such a harsh blow to personal security and to plans the prime minister himself authorized."

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