Twenty-two government ministers will not be receiving their standard detail protection Monday morning, Channel 2 News reported Sunday night. The bodyguards, who make a base salary of twenty-two shekels an hour (US $5.92/hour) announced a strike demanding better pay and improved conditions.
The security personnel, represented in negotiations by the Histadrut Labor Federation, work for the Mikud Security company, which provides protection for government ministers and was recently awarded another contract to provide protection for the government officials.
The Shin Bet said that the level of ministers’ protection will not be affected by Monday’s strike, and it will not be consequential for the prime minister, president, defense and foreign ministers’ details, whose bodyguards work under different public service contracts.
Palestinian terror groups have threatened Israeli ministers in the past. In 2001 Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze’evi was assassinated in a Jerusalem hotel.