Ben Gvir’s car said to run red light on way to interview, hit family’s vehicle

Multiple outlets report on accident in Jerusalem, with cops investigating; nobody hurt; car was driven by minister’s chauffeur; police source: ‘There is no possible justification’

Illustrative: A view of the French Hill intersection in Jerusalem. (Google Street View)
Illustrative: A view of the French Hill intersection in Jerusalem. (Google Street View)

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir’s car drove through a red light in Jerusalem Friday afternoon and collided with another vehicle, Hebrew media outlets reported.

The accident occurred in the capital’s French Hill intersection, Ynet, Channel 12 and Haaretz reported.

Ben Gvir was apparently on his way to an interview with Channel 13 news at the time. The car was that of his official office, driven by a chauffeur.

According to Haaretz, the second vehicle was carrying a family that included three children.

The reports all noted that no one was hurt in the incident.

A minister is allowed to run a red light only in extreme circumstances such as during a security incident. It was not clear why the driver did not adhere to traffic laws. Police were looking into the matter.

“It could have ended in disaster,” a police source told Haaretz on condition of anonymity. “There is no possible justification for driving through a red light without a very urgent matter. The minister is not above the law.”

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