To the sound of protests in the plenum, the Ben Gabir law passed in the first reading (Knesset Channel)
The designated Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir, announced today (Wednesday) in the special committee for the bill to amend the Police Ordinance, known as the Ben Gvir Law, that he is ready to accept two amendments proposed by the opposition to the law to amend the Police Ordinance.
At the same time, he refused the changes recommended by the ombudsman to the committee, advocate Miri Frankel-Shor.
This is in preparation for the second and third reading vote in the plenary next week.
At the end of the discussion, the ombudsman for the committee recommended adding a clause that would oblige the minister to hear the Commissioner's position before setting a policy, and he must bring it to the attention of the entire government.
In addition, the legal advice recommends adding a statehood clause to the law, similar to an identical clause in the Shin Bet law.
Ben Gabir and the Commissioner of Police in a discussion in preparation for the bill (Photo: Flash 90, no)
The Deputy Speaker of the Government, Attorney Gil Limon, said at the hearing: "The two amendments that the designated minister adopted do not address the essential difficulties in the proposal. The wording that is placed before the committee does not properly balance the powers of the minister and the professional independence of the police and therefore does not align with the fundamental principles of a democratic regime. There is a real fear here of the influence of political considerations on police activity in the most sensitive areas."
According to the amendments he agreed to accept, the policy of the minister in charge of the police will be published for public review on the ministry's website, and the minister will also be obliged to come to the Knesset to the internal security committee and present his policy there.
These are amendments brought forward by Minister Orit Farkash HaCohen (the state camp) and MK Merav Ben Ari (Yesh Atid). However, Ben Gvir made it clear that he would not be ready to make further changes.
"He is one of the most failed police officers."
Ben Gabir on Yoav Seglovic, the outgoing Deputy Minister of Internal Security (Photo: Reuven Castro)
During the debate, a sharp confrontation broke out between Ben Gabir and Knesset members from the future opposition, who in response to their criticism said: "Racist, dark, undemocratic, illiberal people who always want to discriminate against Jews," and added: "It's interesting that these things are so important to you, but when it was on duty Yours, you didn't fix it."
Ben Gvir specifically attacked the outgoing Deputy Minister of Internal Security Yoav Seglovic (Yesh Atid) who said he was spreading hatred.
"I listen to Seglovic and the most amazing thing is that he is a preacher of morality, the man who talked to investigators and sewed up cases, who briefed police officers. He is one of the most failed police officers."
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We saw a former commissioner who in the past said 'I know every letter in the investigation' and yesterday he said he never said those things."
Roni Elshich (Photo: Flash 90, Yonatan Zindel)
The chairman of the special committee, MK Ofir Katz (Likud), harshly criticized the police in the context of the Netanyahu cases and said that the evidence in the trial proves that there is a need for checks and balances in the police.
"From the first moment of the discussions, I keep hearing checks and balances, checks and balances. And I ask, don't we need checks and balances on the police as well? It's not that they are free from mistakes," he said.
"Yesterday we saw a former commissioner (Roni Elsheich), whom the entire State of Israel has seen in the past say 'I know every letter in the investigation' and yesterday he said he never said those things.
What does this do to public trust in the police?
Don't we need checks and balances here?
Balances and brakes should only be on one side?" he said.
"We also need checks and balances for the Israel Police. It can't just be on one side."
MK Ofir Katz (Photo: Knesset spokeswoman, Knesset spokeswoman)
"When we see interrogation methods carried out here, I don't know if they are legal, but they are certainly inhumane when talking about the rights of those being interrogated. Don't we need checks and balances here? When an interrogator says that his 85-year-old mother's bank accounts and his wife were emptied, and that they will take away his children." , Katz added.
"When a superintendent in the police collects materials about politicians, and the legal counsel to the government is not aware of it at all, so where are the checks and balances for the police when there is a superintendent who collects materials for one day, who knows, maybe he will need it. We also need checks and balances for the Israel Police. It can't just be on one side ".
Itamar Ben Gabir
The Knesset Plenum