President Shimon Peres expressed concern at mounting violence at all levels of Israel's society, during an address Monday evening at the Hebrew University's amphitheater where 26 outstanding members of the Israel Police were singled out for recognition.
Referring to recent incidents of violence on the sports field, Peres said that violence was not confined to sport alone, but could be seen at all levels of society. He listed as examples domestic violence, road rage, violence in schools and most recently violence on the football field after the game was over.
Violence must be stemmed at its root, and this is the task of the police, said Peres, adding that it was the duty of the civilian population to do all that could to aid the police in eliminating violence, because in the final analysis it is the police who protect the public.
Peres characterized the police as the crucial factor in the struggle against violence and voiced his appreciation for all that the police have done to maintain law and order.
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