'Our Enemies are not in Election Recess'

MK Yariv Levin, Head of Knesset Defense C'tee, says security matters must not be affected by elections.

Hezki Baruch, Gil Ronen ,

Yariv Levin
Yariv Levin
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"We are living in difficult days,” said on Tuesday MK Yariv Levin (Likud), Chairman of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, at the start of the committee session, which dealt with the decision to remove IDF soldiers from the communities of the Gaza Belt. The session was called despite the Knesset's election recess.

"We, in the committee, are gazing northward, as we must,” he said, “and as all the security forces must.”

"It is worthwhile to stress and say what I think is obvious – that our enemies are not on election recess and they are not stopping the planning of terror attacks, the transfer of weapons, and the attempts to harm the security of each and every one of us.”

"The primary responsibility that rests upon the prime minister, the security forces and us, here, in the committee,” he added, “is to continue to deal with all of these security subjects as if there are no elections, out of an understanding and a clear message to the other side that we are in a state of readiness amd that we willl carry out all the assignements, without letting the elections influencing the security sphere.

He appeared to be referring to Kulanu candidate Yoav Galant's recent hints that the IAF's lethal attack Monday against Jihad Mughniyeh was politically motivated, when he said: “I am certain that a clear majority of the public and the parties are united around this issue, which needs no explanation. The security situation must not be allowed to influence the election campaign, and of course, vica versa.”