'Security forces need to change priorities in farming areas'

MKs Ohana and Broshi submitted a petition this morning to the Interior Security Minister to address the issue of defense in rural areas.

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MKs Amir Ohana (Likud) and Eitan Broshi (Zionist Union) submitted a petition this morning to Interior Security Minister Gilad Erdan to call an emergency meeting relating to the issue of self-defense in rural areas.

The petition comes in the wake of an incident in the farming village of Beit Elazari last week, when a Jewish farmer was forced to to shoot one of three Arab thieves that broke into his property in the middle of the night. The thief was killed as a result of the shooting.

Ohana and Broshi noted that residents of rural areas have been forced to deal with break-ins, thefts and violent attacks for years. They also reminded that this is not the first time a farmer was forced to act quickly in the face of thieves breaking into his property, and cited the case of Shai Dromi an incident in October 2012 during which a Jewish farmer was murdered by Arab thieves in the community of Avichail.

"Thefts perpetrated against Israeli farmers is not new - and requires an immediate fitting response from the Government," Ohana said. We need to hold a meeting as quickly as possible with relevant sources, whether they be Police or IDF forces, in order to find solutions to this dangerous phenomenon for rural residents, who feel unprotected on their own properties."

MK Broshi said that "although the latest incident made headlines, such break-ins and thefts are commonplace in rural areas, and residents of these areas feel insecure and helpless in the face of the problem. The security situation also poses a threat to State land, and is not only a problem of theft from personal property.

"Security forces in the rural Israeli periphery are the front line of defense of Israeli property, but enforcement officials are failing in their mission. Security forces have to change their priorities, and I hope this will happen soon."