Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, this morning (Friday, 6 September 2021), spoke with Public Security Minister Omer Barlev following the escape of security prisoners from Gilboa Prison. In the conversation, Bennett emphasized that this was a serious event that required a comprehensive effort by all of the security services.
The six made their escape from Gilboa Prison in the north of Israel last night, Monday night, by way of a tunnel that they dug.
Naftali Bennett also visited the IDF post at Tzufim in Samaria, where visited soldiers from the Paratroop Brigade, the Golani Brigade, the Duvdevan unit, Home Front Command, the Combat Intelligence Collection Corps, the Border Police and the Military Police. The visit was made just before the start of the Rosh Hashana holiday and was made with soldiers who were not able to go home for the holiday.
Prime Minister Bennett spoke with the soldiers and heard from them about their responsibilities and the preparations at the base for the holiday. He wished the soldiers a good and blessed year and said that because of them, as well as the many other soldiers who are serving on the holiday, that the State of Israel is safe and that its citizens can celebrate peacefully.
“When I meet you soldiers, it inspires me with great confidence that we have someone we can rely on,” Bennett told the troops. “Over the coming holidays, very many hikers will come from around the country because fewer people are going abroad [due to Covid] and this is most welcome. Your responsibility will be to safeguard them during the holidays because there are many threats and we must continue to be on guard.”
Bennett also mentioned how the soldiers must be on especially high alert due to the escape from Gilboa prison.
“I hope that as you wake up every morning, you understand that by your being here you are saving lives,” he added. “I am proud of you, rely on you, and wish you a good, sweet and healthy year.”
Earlier this morning, Prime Minister Bennett received a short security briefing on the area from GOC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Yehudah Fox and Efraim Brigade Commander Col. Mordechai Weiss and toasted the New Year with them and with Kedem Battalion Commander Lt.-Col. Asher Benisti, Golani Brigade Reconaissance Battalion Commander Lt.-Col. Matan Feldman and other commanders.