Security around Bennett beefed up

Personal security for Jewish Home chairman increased following his remarks against the Duma arson suspects.

Hezki Baruch ,

Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
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Security was beefed up around Education Minister and Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett on Saturday.

The decision to increase the personal security for Bennett was made last week after the minister condemned the suspects in the Duma arson, calling them “terrorists” whose goal is to dismantle the state of Israel.

The Jewish Home head claimed that the goal of the suspects was "to bring down the state, to dismantle the institutions of the state of Israel. The murder in Duma was a means to bring down religious Zionism and the state of Israel."

He also said that the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) did not hang the suspects by their hands and feet, and discounted the testimony of a minor suspect who told the court this week he attempted suicide and begged for the ISA to kill him because he could not bear the torture any longer. The suspect's arms were found to be covered in numerous scars, providing further backing to his statements.

"The interrogation isn't sympathetic because they are keeping you prefer to believe Itamar Ben-Gvir or (Jewish Home's Justice Minister) Ayelet Shaked?," said Bennett, not referencing the scars of the suspect, and offhandedly trying to discredit the lawyer of the suspect who has revealed the abuse reported by his client.

The Zionist Union responded to the beefed up security around Bennett on Saturday night and said, "We strongly condemn the threats against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Minister Naftali Bennett,” a reference to the earlier arrest of a man suspected of publishing threats and incitement against Netanyahu and other public figures on social media.

"Anyone who tries to intimidate elected officials and citizens because of their opinions and perceptions must be dealt with harshly. There must not be people in Israel who are afraid to express their opinions and have their say. In a democracy one is allowed to oppose another person’s views, but one must not and should not threaten others over political differences," said the Zionist Union.