Yochanan Danino 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Israel Police is preparing for the possibility of major riots in September,
when Palestinians are expected to unilaterally declare statehood,
Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino said in a speech to the Israel Bar Association
in Eilat on Sunday.
“The Israel Police is currently preparing for
September, and for the possibility that various declarations regarding a
nonviolent-civil struggle against the background of a declaration of a
Palestinian state will end up becoming a violent conflict, and turn into
wide-scale rioting,” Danino said.
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The police commissioner added that his
forces faced a “new reality” due to areas of friction between populations,
attempts to infiltrate the borders, and “calls on Internet sites and Facebook to
violate Israel’s sovereignty, as well as the the situation that the whole of the
Middle East is experiencing during these days.”
have been working together with operational planners at police headquarters in
Jerusalem, including the Border Police, the Jerusalem police district, and the
northern district, to draw up the plans.
“In this reality, we are
obligated, as a security force, to expect all possibilities and various
scenarios, and prepare accordingly. This is a national mission and a national
challenge,” Danino said.
“The key to success for the State of Israel in
containing these expected incidents, at least from the security standpoint, is
to have cooperation between the security forces, with a wide national
perspective on the threats, potential scenarios, and the responses to them,” he