'There's someone following me:' Yamina MK asks for increased security

MK Idit Silman asks for more security, pulls her kids from school over threats following coalition agreement.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Idit Silman
Idit Silman
Arutz Sheva

MK Idit Silman (Yamina) asked the Knesset Sergeant-at-Arms for increased security last night following the announcement of the formation of the 'change' government led by Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett.

A recording was released of a call Silman made on the Yamina WhatsApp group while driving last night. "I don't feel so good. There's a car here chasing me on the road. They came out from behind my house and literally follow me wherever I go."

She has even decided to stop sending her children to school in light of the threats against her.

The members of the Yamina faction will meet again this morning, following a meeting they held on Friday. The faction estimates that MK Nir Orbach will not vote against the formation of the Bennett-Lapid government, and he will update Naftali Bennett on this today.

According to a report by Kan News, at the previous faction meeting, Yamina members proposed to Orbach that the formation of a government be allowed, and if the move does not succeed - the party will acknowledge its mistake and advance the next election.

Minister Ophir Akunis referred to threats against the Yamina members and said this morning (Sunday): "Public discourse in Israel is at a low ebb, and has reached red lines. It does not come from one side of the map. I also get terrible insults. I condemn all violence."

Shabak (Israel Security Agency) chief Nadav Argaman on Saturday published a harsh warning, saying that some people may interpret certain statements as a call to physical violence.

"The State of Israel has etched onto its banner the principle of freedom of expression," Argaman began. "This is an important and crucial principle in a democratic country."

"At the same time, in recent days there has been an increase and serious radicalization in the violent and inciting discourse, especially that which occurs on social media. This is a discourse which includes severe statements, while using language and expressions of division, incitement, and even calls to violence and physical harm.

"As someone who stands at the head of an organization which aims to protect the State's security and the regulations of democratic government and its institutions, I call and warn that this discourse may be interpreted among certain groups or among individuals as such which allows violent and illegal actions which may G-d forbid even end up costing in lives."