Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino reported at a cabinet meeting on 2 September
that the murder rate in predominantly Arab cities and towns has fallen by 10
per cent in the past year. The rate of shootings has also gone down by 24 per
cent, compared with the same eight-month period last year.
Among the findings, an important signal of change is the 15 per cent increase in solved murders that took place in Arab cities and towns, thanks to an increased police effort. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the change, saying that: "the treatment of this matter is important for the good of the entire Israeli population and the Arab citizens of Israel in particular. It's important for Israeli citizens to know that we have a good police force that is effectively fighting crime."
In addition, Police Commissioner Danino announced that there were forty fewer Arabs killed in traffic accidents this year than last, however, one out of three Israelis killed in car accidents are Arab. In his closing, Danino stated: "The Israel Police's actions in enforcing the law, fighting crime and maintaining public order contribute to shaping the face of Israeli society and assuring its future."