Israel greenlights new national guard

THE Israeli government approved yesterday the formation of a national guard, which opponents warn would function as a “private militia” of firebrand National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir who had pushed for the decision.

A committee comprised of members of “Israel’s security agencies” would propose within 90 days if the police “or another body” would be in charge of the new guard, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.