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MK Eliyahu Revivo (Likud) announced Thursday morning that he considers himself "free from coalition commitment" as long as the Shin Bet Law, which is intended to allow the organization's involvement in dealing with Arab crime alongside the police, is not promoted. In response, Coalition Chairman Ofir Katz wrote to him that "anyone who thinks he is free from coalition obligations should see himself as relieved of his positions in the coalition," referring to the fact that Revivo is the coalition coordinator on the Finance Committee and chairman of the Committee for Foreign Workers.
Revivo, the brother of Lod Mayor Yair Revivo, wrote on Twitter this morning: "I came to the Knesset with the aim of restoring personal security to the citizens of the State of Israel, for this purpose I proposed a bill as part of a variety of proposals on governance issues for the involvement of the Shin Bet in serious criminal crimes that unfortunately the government is not promoting, despite my attempts to talk to all decision makers. The time has come to restore personal security to the citizens of the State of Israel who live under fire every day in the heart of the country."
MK Eliyahu Revivo (Photo: Knesset Spokesperson, Danny Shem Tov)
The Knesset member wrote the remarks against the coalition against the background of the dispute in the coalition over the number of candidates for the Judicial Appointments Committee, and following a tweet by his brother, the mayor of Lod, who wrote last night: "Start getting used to the coalition already having 63 members. I recruited one and soon I'll recruit four more."
MK Revivo's bill was recently rejected by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation for a vote at another time due to opposition from Attorney General Gali Baharav Miara and the Shin Bet itself. The bill's explanatory notes state that "serious criminal crime, especially in Arab society, has become a plague of the state and has risen to the public agenda in recent years. The Israel Police works tirelessly, but encounters a lack of resources, multiple offenses and an operating method that is not adapted to Arab society. Moreover, the police lack the high-quality and precise intelligence to locate the perpetrators of crime, especially arms dealers, smugglers, criminal organizations and more. The Israel Security Agency is equipped with the tools and knowledge to assist as much as necessary to curb serious criminal crime."