Ra’am Chief Gets Stepped-Up Security Amid Threats

YERUSHALAYIM -
Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas speaking in the Knesset. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The head of the Ra’am Islamist party, Mansour Abbas will be assigned a stepped-up security detail by the Knesset Guard following threats against him for joining the Israeli government coalition.

“It’s a difficult feeling to be threatened,” Abbas told Channel 12 news. “The Knesset Guard informed me that there is a need to assign security to me and I accepted the request, just as I accept the opinion of any professional source in the Knesset.”

In recent days, Abbas has complained about incitement against him from the far-right, and said that he fears for his life.

A request for added security was reportedly submitted by Ra’am members and not Abbas himself.

Abbas made history earlier in the year when he led his party into the Bennett-Lapid coalition, the first to do so in decades. His party Ra’am gave the coalition the one-vote majority it needs to stay in power.

Several coalition members have received more security in recent months, most of them right-wing lawmakers in the coalition who have been accused of betrayal by teaming up with the left and an Arab party.