The Knesset building
The Knesset buildingFlash 90

A designated command room will operate in the Knesset, beginning on Tuesday, in order to handle the surge in requests for weapons licenses, Kan Reshet Bet reported.

According to the report, the command room is a pilot program which will operate for one month. If it is successful, the command room will continue operating, in order to handle the enormous number of requests which have been submitted since the start of the war with Hamas.

The process was advanced after Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana (Likud) turned to National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir (Otzma Yehudit), suggesting that he employ for the purpose Knesset workers whose regular workload is less critical during wartime.

According to Ohana's proposal, around 40 non-essential Knesset workers from all departments have agreed to work during the coming period to handle the 100,000 new weapons license requests that have come in since the start of the war.

In recent days, a new command center was set up for these workers within the Knesset itself, providing them with secured computers. The workers also underwent appropriate training by officials from the National Security Ministry.