Commissioner in Confused Message as Arab Riots Approach
Police Commissioner Lt. Gen. Yochanan Danino gave a confusing message Monday with regard to the treatment Arab rioters can expect after the Palestinian Authority requests the United Nations to recognize it as a full-fledged state.
Danino said that the declaration of the state, expected in about 10 days, will be accompanied by Arab protests in Judea and Samaria – but also inside the 1949 Armistice borders, where Arabs enjoy Israeli citizenship.
"It is okay to protest and to celebrate, but in accordance with the law," he explained. "We will not just allow it – we will also make sure that everyone who participates gets back home safely. We will behave as we did in the last demonstrations in the social protest."
Danino said that whenever the law is broken, the police will employ "an iron hand" to make sure that the rights of other civilians are not damaged.
Listeners were not sure how housing protests by Israeli citizens and murderous terror attacks could both be seen as preludes to the same events.