Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Israel Provides Arms to Volunteer Protectors in Border Areas and Mixed Jewish-Arab Localities

Israel's National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Sep 10, 2023. Ohad Zwigenberg/Pool via REUTERS

On Tuesday, Israel is set to distribute numerous assault rifles to volunteer response teams in border regions and integrated Jewish-Arab towns, according to a post by National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir.

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He mentioned that the first phase would see 4,000 locally-produced rifles distributed, with a subsequent distribution of a minimum of 6,000 more. The volunteers are also expected to receive helmets and protective vests in the future.

This decision by Ben-Gvir comes at a time when Israel is addressing security concerns arising from unauthorized cross-border movements by Palestinians from Gaza and potential internal tensions between the majority Jewish population and the 20% Arab minority, a significant number of whom resonate with Palestinian sentiments.

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