MK Proposes Protective Vests for All Israelis

YERUSHALAYIM -

The latest proposal to restore the safety on Israeli streets in the face of ongoing Palestinian terrorism came in the form of protective vests for everyone.

Zionist Camp MK Yoel Hasson has proposed a law to require the state to distribute protective vests to all Israeli citizens, to make them less vulnerable to stabbing attacks.

“So far, dozens of Israelis have been murdered and hundreds others have been wounded as result of the terror wave,” Hasson told Ha’aretz.

“More than that, due to the feeling of panic and helplessness, several terrible incidents have occurred in which innocent people were accidentally suspected as terrorists.”

The vests “will reduce the risk of fatal harm during terror attacks,” Hasson said. “A similar step was taken during the Gulf War and other times of tension … when gas masks were distributed among all residents of the state.”

Critics of the proposal point to the expense and difficulty of organizing a nationwide distribution effort of this kind. But Hasson argues that the practical problems are outweighed by “the need to provide the residents of the state with personal security.”

However, the Knesset Ministerial Committee for Legislation is expected to reject the bill, The Jerusalem Post said on Sunday.