Defense Minister Benny Gantz orders the callup of 10 reserve Border Patrol companies to bolster police efforts to rein in clashes in Arab-Jewish towns throughout the country.
A statement from Gantz’s office says he will not permit IDF troops to be used for policing work in Israeli towns. But the IDF will assist the police in the callup and the “logistical envelope,” the statement says.
“We’re in a moment of emergency,” Gantz is quoted as saying. “At this time, there’s a need for massive reinforcements of the forces on the ground, which will be sent immediately to impose law and order.”