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Jerusalem - Bibi's Heightened Security Angers Neighbors

Published on: April 1, 2009 01:16 PM
By: Ynet
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Heightened security near Bibis home Photo: Dudi VaakninHeightened security near Bibis home Photo: Dudi Vaaknin
Jerusalem - The security arrangements around Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s private residence in Jerusalem have been boosted considerably since he took office, disrupting the lives of his neighbors.

Neighborhood resident Yitzhak Leibovich said that he returned home yesterday evening to discover that “half the vehicles on the street were blocked by barricades.”

“It turned out that they decided to seal off parts of the street and take over 10-15 parking spots on one of Jerusalem’s busiest streets,” he said. “As it is, it’s almost impossible to find parking there, and now it will be even more difficult; and we don’t even know how long it will last. In the evening, I’ll be forced to park far from home.”

Security guards deployed around Netanyahu’s home reportedly said they will stay there for several months. The Netanyahu family is expected to move into the official Prime Minister’s Residence, which is located up the street, during the Pesach holiday.


The Shin Bet issued the following response:

“In the wake of Mr. Netanyahu’s appointment as prime minister, the security around him was boosted in line with the security requirements reserved for prime ministers.

Among other things, this was done at his private residence…until he moves to the official PM’s residence. We regret the disruptions caused to neighbors and every effort will be made in order to adapt security arrangements to the daily life on the street.”


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Read Comments (2)  —  Post Yours »


 Apr 01, 2009 at 02:13 PM Anonymous Says:

people will complain about everything. yes it is an inconvenience, but at least they have the benefit of the extra security and the ability to bragg that they live on bibi's block


 Apr 01, 2009 at 03:55 PM Anonymous Says:

u americans have to get over urselves! there are no blocks in israel as it is not in grid fashion like some cities in USA therefore residence of bibi can brag that they live on the same street as him.


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