Aharonovitch: Mass rioting by Palestinians not inevitable

"There's no need to create exaggerated expectations"; says Border Police, not IDF, could do better job securing Egyptian border

By
September 20, 2011 04:28
1 minute read.
Border policemen near Ramallah

Border policemen near Ramallah_311. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

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 Jerusalem.

“There’s no need to create exaggerated expectations,” he said.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
IDF readies gestures to minimize violence after UN bid
Shaath: No West Bank violence unless settlers start it


“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 control.

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.

Aharonovitch said the border with Egypt had to be “closed as soon as possible,” adding that “2,000 illegal migrants were coming in every month.”

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


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 forces.

“I think the Border Police can do a much better job securing the area,” he added.

“My position was not accepted.”

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

idf hebron
August 22, 2014
Palestinians throw Molotov cocktail at IDF checkpoint in Hebron

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, TOVAH LAZAROFF