Israel’s First Lady is to have her own security detail for the first time since President Reuven Rivlin took office, according to Galei Tzahal Army Radio.
Armed bodyguards have been assigned to Nechama Rivlin after a security assessment on the current wave of terror wracking the country, and particularly the capital.
The First Lady is not one to be tied down to her home by her change in diplomatic position, and has continued to shop and visit museums in Jerusalem as she wishes.
Security has also been raised for Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, who received death threats by phone, according to a report Wednesday by Channel 2 News.
Ariel has called for allowing Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, and construction of the Third Beit HaMikdash (Holy Temple) on the site.
“Wait when you leave home, the knife is waiting for you,” promised one message received by Ariel. “The knife intifada [is] a response to your abuse of the Palestinian people.” The minister now has a bodyguard.
Data from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shows that between October 1 and November 2, there were 58 stabbings, five shootings and six vehicle ramming attacks by Arab terrorists.