Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu said today that police should combat organized crime with old and “new means,” after the weekend slaying of a gang member sparked media fury.
“We are determined to uproot this severe phenomenon and we give full backing to the Israel police to use existing and new means against organized crime,” Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet meeting.
“The citizens of Israel should not be the ones worrying to walk freely on the streets, it’s members of crime families who should be worried, and jailed as soon as possible,” he added.
Netanyahu did not spell out the “new means,” but his remarks came as Israeli media stepped up criticism of the failure by law enforcement authorities to put an end to a series of killings.
On Shabbos an Arab Israeli gang member was gunned near the Tel Aviv beach, with the Jerusalem Post saying it was the fourth killing in two weeks.
The Jerusalem Post cited a police investigator who said some of the crime gangs’ methods “would make an intelligence agency proud.”
“What we need now is an iron hand,” said the Israel Hayom daily. “The old means and rules are not good enough to maintain a framework for normal life.”
Yediot Aharonot newspaper lamented the fact that “gangsters are no longer afraid of anything.”