Head of Israeli weapons licensing department resigns

Israeli settlers with weapons
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TEL AVIV – The head of the Firearms Licensing Department at the Israeli Ministry of National Security submitted his resignation on Monday, citing the "actions" of the Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir. اضافة اعلان

According to the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation reported by Khaberni, the head of the department, Israel Afisher, announced his resignation on Monday due to "actions" by Itamar Ben Gvir, the leader of the extremist right-wing "Jewish Power" party and the distribution of weapons to settlers without standards.

Last week, Afisher admitted in a Knesset hearing that individuals without certificates had been appointed to issue weapon permits to citizens. The government's legal advisor, Gali Bacher Meyara, is investigating whether weapons licenses were issued without authority.

Ben Gvir launched a policy two months ago to distribute weapons to civilians in Israel and also to settlers in the West Bank, claiming it would prevent Palestinian attacks. Ben Gvir pointed out the distribution of thousands of weapons in different areas of Israel and to settlers in the West Bank, but his policies faced criticism from both Israeli and international circles.

In response, Ben Gvir attacked Afisher in a statement obtained by Anadolu, criticizing his decision to resign. He stated, "My policy regarding the distribution of weapons to Israeli citizens who meet clear and ongoing standards will continue." He considered that those who do not continue to implement the policy and are subjected to pressure from attacks by the left in such committees and others cannot actually continue as the head of the Firearms Department when Israel is in a state of war. Ben Gvir reiterated that "the largest possible number of citizens who meet the standards must be armed," without specifying the nature of these standards. 

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