Netanyahu at Knesset 311.
(photo credit: Channel 10)
“Nothing we talk about has meaning if we can’t ensure our security,” Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at a conference last Monday in the
Little did the prime minister know, a Channel 10 reporter was
sitting in the audience with a gun pointed at him.
Uri Even, a reporter
on Tzinor Layla, the channel’s nightly Internet culture program, revealed on
Wednesday night that he created a plastic gun using a 3D printer, was able to
get it past Knesset security twice, and brought it within 10 meters of
A source in the Government’s Bodyguards Department told The
that the bodyguards were never prepared for the advent of working
plastic guns and were never warned of their existence.
“I’d heard of it
for the first time on TV last night,” the source said.
files created by Defense Distributed, an organization founded by 25-year-old
Texan law student Cody Wilson “to defend the civil liberty of popular access to
arms as guaranteed by the United States Constitution... through
facilitating global access to, and the collaborative production of information
and knowledge related to the 3D printing of arms; and to publish and distribute,
at no cost to the public, such information and knowledge in promotion of the
Wilson’s 3D gun prototype, called the “Liberator,” can
be found easily on filesharing websites, though they were removed from his site
by the US Department of Defense. Even created a plastic gun with the help of a
3D printer manufacturer, tested it out at a shooting range, and found that the
gun works with .38 caliber bullets.
Then, Even went to the Knesset, where
a hidden camera filmed him going through security without any
The Channel 10 reporter visited MK Miri Regev (Likud Beytenu),
chairwoman of the Knesset Interior Committee, which deals with police
“Are you joking?” Regev asked with consternation. “I’ve
never heard of this. Police will have to learn to deal with it. This is
Even visited the Knesset with his plastic gun again,
attending a June 24 conference in honor of 75 years of local
He assembled the gun – but did not load it – in broad
daylight, in an outdoor plaza in front of the Knesset after going through
Then, he sat in the audience while Netanyahu spoke with his gun
between his legs.
Knesset security chief Yossi Grif said that plastic
guns are a new phenomenon that requires all security systems in the world to
prepare for a new challenge.
“In the Knesset, like all government offices
and public institutions, we are examining the subject in order to give a
professional response as soon as possible,” he stated. “I am in constant contact
with the rest of security services in order to reach an optimal solution as
quickly as possible for the new threat.”
Another source in Knesset
security explained that the shortcoming is not necessarily theirs, and that any
mall, airport or ministry still does not know what to do with guns that no metal
detector can find.
The Prime Minister’s Office responded for the Shin Bet
to Tzinor Layla that they are familiar with plastic guns.
“In addition to
security checks [at the entrance to government buildings] there are visible and
hidden security circles,” the PMO stated.
Regev told The Jerusalem Post
that she may call an Interior Committee meeting on the plastic gun
However, she did not see a problem with Even bringing a gun into
the Knesset for the sake of a news story.
“He did his job as a
journalist, and the security forces in the State of Israel need to learn lessons
from this,” Regev said. “It’s good that they realize that there are new
challenges they need to figure out how to overcome as technology develops.”