A former security official warned Sunday not to hold a right-wing nationalist march in Jerusalem later this week. It warned that it could ignite widespread Israeli-Palestinian fires across the city.
Flag March, a controversial annual parade It has been rescheduled to Thursday after it was canceled in the middle of the event on May 10, Jerusalem Day. When Hamas fires rockets into the city End the 11-day fighting between Israel and Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip.
Defense Secretary Benny Gantz has signaled he will call for the cancellation of the march. Backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political allies, Netanyahu is facing prospects of being replaced as prime minister. If there is an oath called The “government change” has yet to publicly comment on the matter.
“Especially with Jerusalem. any unusual event It can ignite the area and lead to elevation in both. [the West Bank] and strip, therefore accountability, sensitivity and common sense are essential to make decisions without political interference,” an unnamed security source told broadcaster Kan Kan.
The broadcaster also cited military sources as saying the Israeli Defense Forces remain highly alert in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. by saying that those areas “Not yet fully settled or stable” after the conflict ended.
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Several high-ranking former commanders urged the police not to allow the incident to continue.
“The march must not be permitted and [cancellation] An order must be issued because ‘A real danger to public safety’,” Arih Amit, a former Jerusalem district police chief, told Channel 12 news. but because this is clearly an attempt to set fire to East Jerusalem.”
He said the event was for Jerusalem Day only and should not be held whenever organizers “feel like it”.
“There is no argument that the situation is incredibly volatile and sensitive. And moving can cause great damage and serious chaos… if [Jerusalem police chief Doron Turgeman] Make a mistake and make the wrong decision, the price will be very high,” Amit said.
Former police commissioner Rafi Peled also said it was up to him. He will not allow a march. referring to the possibility for “Comprehensive damages” in both Jerusalem and elsewhere, although he admits he does not have the “full picture”.”
Former police commissioner Moshe Karadi emphasized that the right to protest is guaranteed in Israel’s quasi-constitutional basic law. “however Sometimes this right conflicts with other rights and duties, such as the right to life. and the duty of the police to maintain public order and safety,” he told Channel 12.
Karadi said he would not recommend canceling all events. Rather, it signaled support for a planned change in routes to avoid flashpoints such as the Damascus Gate area. He also dispelled the latest threats against Jerusalem by Ha group leader Yahya Sinwar. Mas in Gaza He said that these things should not be taken into account by the Jerusalem District Commander’s decision.
“Currently East Jerusalem is full of oil vapor and it takes only one match to set the fire on fire. Marching through the Damascus Gate and through the Temple Mount was a match that could set the ground on fire,” Karadi said.
But former leader Shin Bet Avi Dichter, a legislator in Netanyahu’s Likud party, called for the march to continue, saying there was “no reasonable ground” to consider Hamas’ threats.
“Right now there is nothing more symbolic than the Flag March and there is no problem with that,” Dichter told Kan.
Minister Likud Ofir Akunis also called on the parade to continue. “The security forces need to provide security to the marchers. If we surrender in Jerusalem We gave up everything,” he said in an interview with the radio station.
The comments came after Gantz met with military and police commanders, the attorney general and other high-ranking security officials. on last Saturday night to discuss the planned march The defense minister said he emphasized to all officials the need for responsible and sensitive behavior. Public Security Minister Amir Ohana of Likud was not present at the meeting, apparently. which the police office
After the meeting, Gantz said he would call for the cancellation of the event if “Extraordinary security measures must be taken and endanger public order and diplomatic processes.”
In response, the far-right religious leader Bezalel Smotrich Calling the Minister of Defense “Coward”
“We are not waiting for 2,000 years to become an independent Jewish sovereign state just for the cowardly defense minister to publicly show respect for Hamas. (and invite more threats and terrorism) and try to prevent the Jews marching with the Israeli flag, Jerusalem, our holy city. and the US capital,” Smothrich tweeted, urging Netanyahu and Ohana to announce that the march would take place as planned.
An Israeli official, who declined to be named, told Hebrew media on Saturday: The police will hold final talks on whether to hold a march. “Israel has returned to normal. no current limitation and the Jews are visiting the Temple Mount,” the official said.
Left-wing Labor leader Meretz and its namesake It warned Saturday of the possible negative effects of the march. and stated that they believe it may have been a deliberate attempt to thwart the so-called establishment. “Government changes”
The police chief is scheduled to hold a meeting on Sunday to decide whether the march is allowed.