25/1/2023–|Last updated: 1/25/202311:58 AM (Makkah)
Extremist Israeli Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir challenged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledges yesterday to Jordan’s King Abdullah II that Israel would commit to preserving the status quo in all holy sites, saying, “I do not run my policy according to Jordan.”
Ben Gvir added, in a radio interview published by the Israel Broadcasting Authority today, Wednesday, “I went up and will continue to go up to the Temple Mount. It is the most important place for the Jewish people.”
“Israel is an independent state that is not affiliated with any other country,” he added.
Wall guard 2
Yesterday, Tuesday, the extremist minister announced the establishment of a national guard as part of a new plan to strengthen the occupation police and security forces, according to the Israeli authority.
Ben Gvir said that all the experts with whom he spoke told him that Operation (Guardian of the Walls 2) is at the door, in reference to the aggression on the Gaza Strip in May 2021.
On May 10, 2021, for 11 days, the Gaza Strip witnessed violent Israeli bombardment, which was met by the Palestinian resistance factions by firing more than 4,000 rockets at Israel, after the occupation forces stormed the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem.-
This confrontation was characterized by boiling in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and violent confrontations inside the 1948 lands between the Arab population on the one hand, and the Israeli police and Jewish extremists.--
“In the face of such a scenario (the guardian of the walls), there is one solution, which is to strengthen the Israeli police and establish a national guard,” Ben Gvir said in a press conference held with the Inspector General of the Occupation Police, General Jacob Shabtai.
The minister, who heads the Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party, called on Israelis to volunteer, saying, “The National Guard invites you to come and volunteer. Today is a day of good news for the citizens of Israel.”
The resignation of 1,030 Israeli policemen
He revealed that the number of police officers who resigned last year reached 1030, attributing this to poor salaries.
Among the other steps included in the Ben Gvir plan are raising the wages of police personnel by rates ranging between 20 and 40%, strengthening the ranks with 4,000 new policemen, and establishing a Qatari volunteer unit with a number of 10,000 members.
For his part, the Inspector General of the Occupation Police, General Jacob Shabtai, said that the new budgets will allow the police to improve its capabilities, stressing that “Israeli citizens deserve safety in all parts of the country.”
Ben Gvir is considered one of the most extreme faces in the Israeli government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, which includes parties from the national and religious far right. Ben Gvir had previously stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque on January 3, which led to Palestinian, Arab, Islamic and international condemnations.