Forensic police unit.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
The Knesset’s Interior Committee will hold a special session next week to
discuss a spate of armed robberies in recent months.
In the most recent
incident, a gunman entered a Mizrahi bank branch in Ness Ziona, south of Tel
Aviv, on Wednesday evening, and fired two shots into the ceiling before taking
off on a moped with NIS 200,000 in cash.
Police did not report the
incident to the press until several hours hours later.
On Monday, a man
was shot in the head and killed after trying to tackle an armed robber at a bank
in Upper Nazareth. A masked gunman entered an Israel Postal Company bank in the
morning and demanded that the cashier place thousands of shekels in a bag. As he
turned to walk out of the door, the robber was challenged by 49-year-old David
Mashashwili. The suspect opened fire from close range.
Yohanan Danino and Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch are scheduled
to testify before the committee, which is expected to demand to know what steps
are being taken to contain the dangerous incidents.
In August, a security
guard was shot dead when a gunman wearing a motorcycle helmet to cover his face
robbed a Bank Hapoalim branch in the town of Be’er Ya’acov, between Ness Ziona