Omer Barlev, who was threatened by extreme Jews, has now revealed that he is under 24-hour protection.
Israel’s minister of public security recently invoked the fury of right-wingers after he vowed to fight “settler violence.” The news was announced by the official in a Twitter post on Monday.
Omer Barlev stated that he will now be protected 24/7 because of the threats he faced.
“Following my determined campaign against the Arab crime families, I hoped that the moment would not arrive when one of them would threaten me personally. This isn’t the case. I am not under threat from Arab criminals — I am threatened by Israeli Jews,” Barlev wrote.
Minister, who is a Labor Party member from the centre-left, didn’t reveal details about the threat or the source. These threats likely originated from right-wing Jews of hardline, which he incited earlier this month.
Barlev met with Victoria Nuland (US undersecretary for state for political affairs), on Monday. revealedThe two West Bank topics were discussed “settler violence and how to reduce tensions in the area and strengthen the Palestinian Authority.” The left-wing politician also vowed to continue pursuing both Palestinian and Israeli extremists, without favoring any of the rivaling hardliners.
“I will continue to fight Palestinian terrorism as if there is no extremist settler violence – and extremist settler violence as if there is no Palestinian terrorism,”Barlev spoke at the time.
These remarks angered right-wing politicians who accuse Barlev of shaming the whole Israeli settler community as well as pandering towards Palestinians. Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, a top member of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s right-wing Yamina party, said the settlers “are the salt of the earth”For Israel, it meant they were above reproach.
“The violence that one needs to be shocked by is the dozens of cases of the throwing of rocks and Molotov cocktails at Jews that occur every day, just because they are Jews, and all this with the encouragement and support of the Palestinian Authority,”She stated.
Matan Kahana the minister of religious service, a right-wing official who described West Bank settlers with the same stance, also voiced a similar opinion “pioneers” while urging Barlev to retract his “false and distorted” remarks.
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