By JONATHAN HARRIS, JERUSALEM POSTThe question of which is the most secure option for Israel is not only a national one, but also one that is being debated in a number of Israeli government institutions and has been the subject of heated debate among the government’s political leadership.
The government has, however, insisted that its security measures are both “secure” and “defensible” in light of a wide range of threats.
Israel has an army that is far stronger than that of its neighbors, with more than 2,500 soldiers, and the country is surrounded by countries with similar militaries.
In a recent report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the number of people killed and injured by the Israeli military in the past year was more than twice that of the United States, the most recent of which was in December 2017.
In response to that, the government has been pushing for the establishment of a new security agency within the government to take over the security of the country.
The report states that the new agency will have the “fundamental task of identifying and managing risks to the security and well-being of Israeli citizens, the public and private sectors and the Israeli economy and society as a whole.”
According to the report, the new security organization will be based on the premise that the security risks in Israel are “unprecedented.”
Accordingly, a new department of the Ministry of Public Security, headed by a new minister, will be tasked with “developing a comprehensive framework of a national defense strategy and an operational plan for defense in the 21st century.”
The new security structure is expected to be in place by the end of the year.
Israel’s military also recently released a draft of a document called the National Security Strategy (NSS), a plan for the nation’s security and the overall strategy of the government.
The document contains a section on security, which is titled “the nature of the threat.”
According to the document, “the main objective of the national defense of Israel is to safeguard Israel from foreign aggression, as well as the security interests of its citizens, and to defend Israel from external threats.”
In addition, the document calls for the creation of a National Security Council, headed “by the prime minister and ministers of defense and defense minister, as the chief decision-making body for national defense,” and for a “national security council” composed of “all the military and civilian officials of the State of Israel, including the defense minister and the minister of defense, and other relevant ministers.”
The document also states that “the security of Israel’s citizens and their security interests will be considered in the formulation of national defense policy.”
In the past, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been highly critical of the way Israel has handled its security threats.
In 2014, he called for the removal of Israel from the UN Security Council.
In November 2016, he described the Palestinians as “terrorists” and warned that the country would be “torn to shreds.”
In response, Netanyahu told the country that he would work to ensure that “Israel will remain a safe country,” adding that “We have no intention of turning into a war zone.”
In an interview with Israel Hayom in 2016, Netanyahu said that Israel “will be able to do whatever it wants” and that “this is a country that is fighting for its survival and for the future of the state of Israel.”
He said that “security is our number one priority.”
In February 2018, after a string of deadly attacks on Israelis, including an attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem, Netanyahu warned that Israel’s security “must be protected and maintained at all costs.”