The Attorney-General's Officer prevented the government from immediately sealing off the Neve Yaakov shooter's home following the deadly terrorist attack on Friday, National Security Ministry Itamar Ben-Gvir alleged Saturday night.
Ben-Gvir explained that he had made consultations about sealing the terrorist's home "immediately, the same night."
The prime minister agreed on the spot, together we set a meeting with the head of the Shin Bet, with the IDF Chief of Staff and other security officials," said Ben-Gvir. "We had a discussion, and we came to the decision to seal the house on the spot -- something not done in previous terrorist attacks. To send a very clear message."
Ben-Gvir said that he had anticipated a quick response, but the A-G's office had not given approval until Saturday night.
"You also live in this country," he said. "Sign on this order now."
Attorney-General Gali Baharav-Miara's office issued a statement rejecting Ben-Gvir's statements as incorrect.
"As related to Minister Ben-Gvir by professionals in the defense establishment and Justice Ministry, decisions on the state level require support factual infrastructure, which is on him to present," said the statement.
The A-G's office said that Baharav-Miara had just received the security assessments and was reviewing them.
Ben-Gvir disputed that the Attorney-General had only just received the necessary details for sealing the terrorist's residence.
The Shin Bet's opinion was delivered to the Attorney-General at eight in the morning," said Ben-Gvir. "She and her people have been busy with legal debates and are asking the Shin Bet for unnecessary additions. We should have been allowed to seal the house at eight in the morning and not wait until now. "
"I want guns on the streets, I want Israeli civilians to be able to defend themselves. We saw this at the incident today at the City of David, when Israeli civilians have weapons."Itamar Ben-Gvir
Ben-Gvir added that police had advised that they could not leave forces in the residence.
The national security minister turned on the matter of house demolitions in general, decrying that there still illegal houses in east Jerusalem that had not been demolished. He also pushed for the easing of regulations on owning fire arms.
"I want guns on the streets, I want Israeli civilians to be able to defend themselves," said Ben-Gvir. "We saw this at the incident today at the City of David, when Israeli civilians have weapons."
On Saturday, a father and son were shot at the entrance to the City of David archeological site. The shooter was shot by two civilians carrying licensed weapons. Ben-Gvir said that 17,000 qualified Israelis were waiting for permission to get fire arms.
Ben-Gvir said he would be raising all these issues, in addition for a death sentence for terrorists, at the cabinet meeting on Saturday. The Attorney-General said that the office would address all issues that arose in the meeting.
The Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report....