Knesset Helipad Shut Down
Knesset Security Chief shuts down helicopter landing pad, citing danger to passersby, other security reasons.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/3/2011, 8:57 PM / Last Update: 7/3/2011, 9:11 PM
The Knesset has decided to shut down its helicopter landing pad due to safety considerations. The decision is effective immediately.
Knesset Securiy Chief Yosef Grif made the decision known to the Police Commissioner, the Commander of the Israel Air Force, the IDF Operations Department and the military secretaries of the Prime Minister and Defense Minister, in a letter he sent them Sunday.
The helipad, Grif explained, is located in a spot that is open to the public, between the Rose Garden and the Knesset. There is constant traffic of pedestrians and vehicles in its vicinity and as a result there are certain safety risks to the public.
Knesset Managing Director Dan Landau decided to shut down the helipad in coordination with Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin.
There will be no more landings or takeoffs until a thorough review is carried out regarding all relevant safety, security and legal considerations.
The Knesset, wrote Grif, wants solutions for the risks and a set of regulations for operating the helipad, as well as a decision regarding the body that will be responsible for running the helipad.
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