ISRAEL – That’s the unofficial name of the security plan for the next two weeks. It includes 8000 policemen and other security forces, and usage of helicopters, boats and anti-missile equipment (just in case).
Delegation hotels will have high security and delegation buses will be accompanied by security when going to and from events – police will temporarily close roads for delegation passage when they are en route to the venue, etc.
They also have plans for pretty much every possible type of threat or event that might happen. They are setting also a special police station near one of the main beaches where they will have policemen and translators for many language speakers.
In addition to the security threats and the police’s routine handling of criminal incidents that create such a large occurrence, the Tel Aviv police decided to open a transparent police station on the city’s Jerusalem beach. The station will have 24-hour police officers who will speak a variety of languages such as English, Spanish, French and Italian. Already at Ben-Gurion Airport, Eurovision tourists will wait for language-speaking police to give them information leaflets and answer questions.
The delegations will stay at eight hotels on Hayarkon Street and will be closely guarded 24 hours a day. The departure of the delegations to the events will take place in the buses with all the buses going by caravan when the police motorcycles will start at the beginning of the convoy and the police patrol car will close the convoy. During the passage of the caravan, the traffic police will block the route so that the convoy convoys can pass quickly and without delay. The police would secure the delegations and create a sense of security among all members of the delegations. The concern in Israel that one of the delegations will feel insecure will ask to cancel and then create a domino effect.
The police is also preparing to deploy forces at the Eurovillage in Charles Clore Park, at Euroclub in Hangar 11 club, at White Night events, the Orange Carpet ceremony at Habimah square.
IN THE MEANTIME
A well-informed Gaza source has told Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar that the chances of an escalation in the Gaza Strip had increased due to Israel’s delay in implementing the understandings with the Palestinian factions. In addition, the factions threatened to “ruin the Eurovision Song Contest.”
According to reports in the Al-Akhbar, the mediator between Israel and Hamas, apparently Egyptian, conveyed a message to Gaza that Israel was not interested in escalation. The response of the Palestinian factions was that a delay in the understandings would cause pressure from the territory and lead to renewed protests of violence.