Israel Police chief Kobi Shabtai warns that the government’s approval of a new “national guard” under the control of National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir could cause serious harm to the safety and security of Israeli citizens.
“Establishing a national guard that will be subordinate to [Ben Gvir’s] office is an unnecessary move that will have a very heavy price, to the point of harming the personal security of citizens,” Shabtai says at a ceremony at the Western Galilee College.
“Any disconnect [of the National Guard] from police control would destroy personal security, be a waste of resources and lead to the disintegration of the Israel Police from within,” he adds.
This is not the first time that Shabtai has warned against such a move. On Sunday the cabinet voted to approve establishing a national guard, leaving the decision about its chain of command to a future committee.