Itamar Ben Gvir and the security prisoners

Knesset member Itamar Ben Gvir conditions his entry into the coalition on the implementation of the recommendations of the Kaatabi report to worsen the prison conditions of the security prisoners. The terrorist organizations make it clear that Ben Gvir is dragging Israel down a dangerous escalation slope that could cause a new intifada.

Member of Knesset Itamar Ben Gvir, who aspires to become Minister of Internal Security in the Netanyahu government, demands that the conditions of imprisonment of security prisoners in Israeli prisons be made worse and that the report of former Prison Service Commissioner Shlomi Kaatabi be implemented.

The report written by Kaatabi was not implemented even after the 6 security prisoners escaped from prison Gilboa for fear that this will lead to a security escalation.

Knesset member Ben Gvir demands to abolish the system of incarceration of security prisoners who are locked in cells according to the terrorist organization affiliation, to abolish the status of the speaker for the prisoners and the special meals they prepare in their cells.

The issue of security prisoners is a very sensitive issue in the Palestinian street around which all the Palestinian factions coalesce.

Following the publication of Itamar Ben Gvir’s plan in the Israeli media, the Palestinian factions began to organize, in coordination with the leaders of the security prisoners in the prisons, in order to torpedo any chance of implementing Ben Gvir’s plan.

During the talks, a plan for violent resistance throughout the West Bank and the beginning of preparations for hunger strikes by the security prisoners in Israeli prisons were agreed upon.

About 5000 security prisoners are held in Israeli prisons and the planned hunger strike will be gradual.
The headquarters of the security prisoners warned the new Netanyahu government not to grant the appointed Minister of Internal Security the powers he demands, which it said would lead to bloody confrontations in and outside the prisons.

It called on the international community to act “to stop the cruelty of Ben Gvir and his criminal racist plan”.

Following the latest developments, security officials warn that the implementation of Itamar Ben Gvir’s plan among the security prisoners will lead to a major security escalation.

A senior Palestinian official warned that the implementation of the Ben Gvir plan in security prisons would lead to a new intifada.

After the escape of the 6 security prisoners from Gilboa prison on September 6, 2021, the prison service tried to impose restrictions on the security prisoners and change the conditions of their imprisonment, but this led to a protest in the security prisons and a protest outside them, and the prison service surrendered in order not to lead to an escalation in the West Bank

Changing the conditions of confinement of the security prisoners in Israel is considered an explosive material that could lead to a large explosion in the field and has consequences for the security situation in Israel and the West Bank and it also concerns the IDF and the Israel Police.

The implementation of the change must be approved and decided by the security cabinet, which will have to weigh all the consequences of this change.

It is still unclear whether Prime Minister-designate Netanyahu supports the implementation of this change, which could lead to Israel entering a new security reality in the first days of the Netanyahu government.

The new government in Israel must know what are the political and security consequences of the return of governance in the Israeli prisons and decide whether it is willing to pay the price.

Yoni Ben Menachem Senior Middle East Analyst

About Yoni Ben Menachem

Yoni Ben Menachem is a Middle East senior analyst ,a journalist and
the former CEO of the Israel Broadcasting Authority(IBA). He has
decades of experience in written and video journalism. Ben
Menachem’s path in the media world began as a producer for
Japanese television in the Middle East. After that, he held many key
positions in the media The Israeli: CEO of the Israel Broadcasting
Authority, director of “Kol Israel” Radio, reporter on West Bank and
Gaza Strip affairs, political reporter and commentator, commentator
on Middle East affairs and editor-in-chief and presenter of the
program “Middle East Magazine”. 

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