Nir Barkat says that civilians with ‘operational combat experience’ can help foil terror attacks and increase residents’ confidence.
Yael Friedson, Noam (Dabul) Dvir//Against the background of a deteriorating security situation which has in recent days spread from Jerusalem and the West Bank to other parts of the country, more and more voices are being heard calling on citizens to carry guns every day to deal with attacks that might take place near them.
Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat at crime scene (Photo: Tazpit)
“One advantage that Israel has is that there are quite a few ex-members of military units with operational combat experience,” Barkat
said. “Possessing weapons increases the confidence of residents, who know that in addition to police there are many people who are not afraid to intervene. If we look at the statistics in Jerusalem and elsewhere, we see that aside from the police, civilians carrying weapons have foiled terror attacks. They will increase the likelihood of fast intervention.”
This week Israel’s Channel 1 broadcast images of Barkat touring the East Jerusalem neighborood of Issawiya with a weapon, saying he wanted to set an example during tense periods. “I don’t carry it every day and everywhere I go, only in conflict areas,” he said.
On Wednesday, the Commander of the Ashdod police station, Chief Superintendent Noam Shekel, also called on residents who have a weapons permit to carry them.
A letter to Roger Waters, in the spirit of his letter to Bon Jovi.
Dear Roger Waters,
Often in the past you havewritten detailed letters to colleagues in the music business, encouraging them not to perform in Israel because it supposedly is an apartheid state.
Having read your latest letter to Bon Jovi, I won’t waste my time drawing the differences with Apartheid South Africa and the moral stand that so many artists took then, and the immoral stand some artists are taking now in the face of decades of Israeli attempts to protect themselves. I know you cannot be convinced.
Attempts to protect again and again against the Arab violence while successfully maintaining the only democracy in the Middle east. A democracy which ensures freedom of speech, women rights, gay friendly society, and minorities equality – an island of sanity in an ocean of madness, violence and hate for all of these things.
So the die is cast, you are determined to proceed with your attempts to isolate Israel by blaming artists for any and every act of violence.
You are making your stand, so with whom do you stand shoulder to shoulder?
So tell me please, while you have Yasser Arafat rubbing your right shoulder and Samir Kuntar rubbing your left shoulder – who is the one who stand by silent and indifferent? Which one is the criminal, you or Bon Jovi?
Just before the Bon Jovi concert was starting two Rabbis were stabbed to death — Bon Jovi dedicated the song “we don’t run” to Israel.
So, Roger, can you handle the truth?
Doron Goldberg a father of three, soon to be four, living in Israel. He works as a software development manager and is a member of the Israeli New Liberal Movement. This post originally appeared in a slightly different form at his new personal website.