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Outgoing Shin Bet Chief Fears Right Wing Extremists, not Arabs

Outgoing Shin Bet chief Diskin, relaxed about recent terror, says regional unrest necessitates not a closer look at Israel's Arabs, but its Jews.
By INN Staff
First Publish: 5/4/2011, 10:39 PM / Last Update: 5/5/2011, 12:11 AM

Outgoing Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) director Yuval Diskin raised eyebrows at a press conference Wednesday when he said that the political earthquake shaking the Middle East necessitated his agency take a closer look at Jews, not Arabs, in Judea and Samaria.

“We are constantly keeping an eye to see if there is change that will take us somewhere else,” he said.
 
Some reporters wondered why Diskin emphasized keeping an eye on Jews instead of stressing the necessity for protecting Jews and keeping a closer look at Arab activities in Israel, given the all-too-real recent Fogel family massacre, Jerusalem bombing, murder of Ben Yosef Livnat and Hamas-Fatah unity.
 
Diskin said he saw a rising threat posed by "radical right-wing groups," both to the state and Arab in Judea and Samaria, particularly what is known as the "Hiilltop Youth," youngsters who form communities on isolated hilltops in Yesha in order to be closer to nature, as well as admirers of Rabbi Meir Kahane.
 
Both groups are insignificant in numbers. Though often critical of government decisions, neither has central organization, formal leadership, or organized dogma. Nor has either group expressed a desire to run Israel. There did not seem to be any material parallels to protest movements throughout the Middle East.
 
“I detect anti-government, anti-establishment and even delusional messianic processes within these groups,” Diskin said. 
 
Sources close to the Yesha (Judea and Samaria) Council said Diskin's Orwellian focus on the Jews of Judea and Samaria and their supporters echoed sentiments one would expect from radical left-wing activists and not the sitting head of an Agency dedicated to the security of all Israeli citizens - including the Jews of Judea and Samaria.
 
Diskin also made an unwarranted allusion to the Prime Minister's personal security detail saying  another assassination of a prime minister by a Jew would be “tantamount to the destruction of the Third Temple. "The rift that is already in Israeli society will become too great to get out of,” he said.
 
Diskin left many present wondering why he chose to make comments about the nationalist camp that would only serve to deepen any existing rift in Israeli society .