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Lapid’s prison visit first by a sitting PM since Peres in 1985

Prime Minister Yair Lapid meets with soldiers in  their mandatory service who are serving as prison guards while visiting the Ofer Prison amid the Gilboa Prison scandal, August 2, 2022. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)
Prime Minister Yair Lapid meets with soldiers in their mandatory service who are serving as prison guards while visiting the Ofer Prison amid the Gilboa Prison scandal, August 2, 2022. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

With his tour earlier today of the West Bank’s Ofer Prison for security detainees, Yair Lapid became the first prime minister to visit an Israeli prison since Shimon Peres did so in 1985.

To be clear, we’re talking about sitting premiers who are only visiting, not formers who are serving time.

Lapid met with 25 conscripted soldiers serving in prisons across the country and listened to their concerns regarding allegations that female soldiers were “pimped out” to be raped and sexually abused by security prisoners at Gilboa Prison.

“We will investigate, we will get to the truth,” Lapid said during the visit according to his office. “The State of Israel won’t stand by amid concerns that a prison guard in her mandatory service in Israel was raped or sexually harassed by terrorists.”

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