Economic Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett has rejected a long-term or permanent ban on fireworks recommended by Minister of Public Security Yitzhak Aharonovich, saying that such a move is not the solution to the growing use of fireworks by Palestinian rioters.
Bennet did sign a 60-day ban on the import of the category 2 fireworks on Wednesday, but said that “limiting imports of fireworks goes against my policy. Just as tomorrow we’re not going to ban the import of cars in order to stop traffic accidents and won’t put limits on the import of knives to stop stabbings. It’s the same with fireworks – a total ban is not a solution to the rioting.”
He added “I believe that the long-term solution will only come with increased determination and enforcement by police against the rioters.”