In Rare Move, Bennett Assigned Shin Bet Security After Lapid Coalition Deal

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Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem last week.
Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem last week.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

Israel’s internal security service said it started providing Prime Minister-designate Naftali Bennett with personal security on Thursday, after he signed a coalition deal with Yair Lapid to end Benjamin Netanyahu’s longstanding reign.

This move is unusual as Israel’s internal security service only protects the prime minister, president and leader of the opposition.

On Monday, the Shin Bet warned of an uptick in incitement against Bennett, his no. 2 in Yamina, Ayelet Shaked, and Yesh Atid leader Lapid, and ordered the police and the Knesset security to provide additional protection for Bennett and Shaked.

The security for them has been increased to level 5 – one level less than the highest level of security.

Lapid is assigned a Shin Bet security detail since he is Israel's opposition head.

Police has alreadt intensified patrols around Bennett and Shaked's houses, and both now have permanent security guards based in their homes. Bennett will also use an armored vehicle for specific activities.

Police sources told Haaretz there was no specific investigation into incitement against Bennett or Shaked, but the police are collecting intelligence on the matter and monitoring online activity.

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