Arab riots in Lod 2021
Arab riots in Lod 2021Yossi Aloni/Flash90

Israel Police and the National Security Ministry have requested permission to use live fire against those who disrupt the public order by blocking roads during national emergencies, Kan News reported.

According to Kan, the request is part of preparations for possible conflicts in which Arab-Israelis block roads used by IDF convoys, and it is one of the lessons learned from 2021's Operation Guardian of the Walls.

The report added that the Committee for the Creation of a National Guard has been preoccupied with this issue, and that the expected recommendation is to relax the guidelines on the use of live fire against those disrupting order during times of emergency, and not only regarding those who block convoys.

In 2021, during Operation Guardian of the Walls, multiple incidents occurred during which Arab-Israeli mobs attempted to lynch travelers driving on Israel's roads and attacked Jews and Jewish neighborhoods in mixed cities such as Lod and Akko, burning cars and hurling firebombs and other weapons..

Following the conclusion of the military operation, in one of his last acts as Prime Minister, then-PM Naftali Bennett created the National Guard, in order to improve the public security of the State of Israel as well as the personal security of the citizens of Israel.