Danino lashes out at media for 'creating panic'

Amid mob war and public criticism, Police Chief Danino says “I stopped listening to the radio.”

February 18, 2014 19:15
1 minute read.
Yochanan Danino

Yochanan Danino 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)


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 Don't show it again

Amid a series of underworld killings and severe public criticism of the Israel Police, police Insp.- Gen. Yohanan Danino lashed out at the media on Tuesday, saying they were creating panic and that he no longer listened to the radio.

“You turn on the radio in the morning, and you hear there’s an emergency situation and you have to head for the bomb shelter. This is called the reality as the media sees it,” he told police officers during a tour of the Ayalon subdistrict headquarters in Holon on Tuesday. “I would like to calm everyone down and tell you that the pubic believes in you and the public is not afraid.”

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

“There are [crime] reporters who are afraid that they won’t have anything to write about anymore,” Danino said. “They say the situation is an emergency, but the facts are completely different.”

Danino said the two main problems with the situation were that “people in this country talk like they’re experts when they don’t understand anything,” and that “Israelis don’t know how to give credit where it’s due.”

Regarding the shooting of a Jaffa man on the Tel Aviv seafront on Saturday afternoon, Danino said that “if it had been 50 meters back [in Jaffa], no one would have cared, but because it was next to the Tahana [shopping area], everyone was screaming to the high heavens.”

Israel’s top cop then told the police officers present, “I already stopped listening to the radio. I suggest that you do the same.” He added that recent public scrutiny was something that would pass in a couple of weeks.

Danino’s comments were published by a Channel 2 reporter who had been invited to attend the tour.

In response to the report, the police said that Danino had made the comments in response to concerns police had expressed about the criticism they were receiving in the media and that the meeting was supposed to have been off the record.

Related Content

August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night