Israeli Minister Naftali Bennett received increased personal security today for fear of possible attacks by far-right activists, following the Jewish Home party leader’s criticism of extremist elements in the religious Zionist movement in the wake of an ongoing investigation into a fatal July firebombing in the West Bank village of Duma.
The minister has been given a bodyguard and more security for his home, after reportedly receiving increased threats for expressing support for the Shin Bet security service’s handling of its investigation into a suspected Jewish terror network, Channel 2 reported.
The opposition Zionist Union today condemned the threats against Bennett as well as those made against Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu. In a Facebook post on its official page, the Zionist Union said that authorities “must deal harshly with anyone who tries to intimidate elected officials and citizens because of their opinions and perceptions.” The party also said that “there should not be a case in Israel where people fear to express their opinions.”
“In a democracy, one is allowed to object to opinions, but we can not threaten or shut them up because of political differences.” Read more at Times of Israel.