Border policemen near Ramallah_311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Mass rioting and violent disturbances are by no means inevitable if (and when)
the Palestinian Authority submits its request for statehood recognition, Public
Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said on Monday in
“There’s no need to create exaggerated expectations,” he
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“Preparations are complete. I took the worst-case scenario,
which involves large-scale disturbances, casualties and damages, and asked
police to prepare for it, with the hope that we don’t face this. I also looked
at better scenarios. Police are trained and the needed equipment has been
procured,” the minister added.
The minister said he was optimistic that
Arab leaders understood the need to prevent demonstrations from going out of
He said that Friday – which is when PA President Mahmoud Abbas
is expected to deliver a speech to the UN and the time of weekly prayers at the
Temple Mount in Jerusalem – would be a sensitive day.
the border with Egypt had to be “closed as soon as possible,” adding that “2,000
illegal migrants were coming in every month.”
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He cited both security and
crime concerns due to the open border, and said he believed the government had
made a mistake when it decided to disband the southern Border Police force that
was responsible for securing the border and replacing it with IDF
“I think the Border Police can do a much better job securing the
area,” he added.
“My position was not accepted.”
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