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Far-right MK clashes with police minister at scene of Hadera shooting

Ben-Gvir interrupts Barlev’s press briefing, then the two politicians yell at each other, before security guards pull them apart

MK Itamar Ben Gvir confronting Interior Secuirty Minister Omer Barlev at the scene of the deadly terror attack in Hadera, March 28, 2022. (screenshot)
MK Itamar Ben Gvir confronting Interior Secuirty Minister Omer Barlev at the scene of the deadly terror attack in Hadera, March 28, 2022. (screenshot)

A verbal confrontation occurred on Sunday evening between far-right MK Itamar Ben Gvir and Interior Security Minister Omer Barlev after both arrived at the scene of the terror attack in Hadera that claimed the lives of two Border Police officers.

Barlev arrived at the central city on Sunday evening to join a situational assessment with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai and top police and security officials.

Ahead of the meeting, Barlev went to the scene of the shooting. Ben Gvir was already there, taking part in a right-wing protest, which saw protesters blocking Route 4 and shouting slogans such as “Death to Arabs!”

Speaking to the press, Barlev said the incident was still ongoing and that police were scanning the area in order to make sure no accomplices were involved.

Interrupting his comments, Ben Gvir shouted at the minister: “Stop it! You should be ashamed! You’re the worst minister… They took the most leftist person they could find and made him public security minister!”

Barlev replied: “No, I’m not ashamed. You should be ashamed! You’re nothing!” as the verbal conflict escalated, with security forced to physically separate the two politicians.

Barlev and Ben Gvir have confronted each other on numerous other occasions.

Ben Gvir, of the Religious Zionism party, has accused the minister of sending cops to attack him when they dismantled his makeshift office during his stay in the flashpoint Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem last month.

Barlev is a member of the center-left Labor party and a former commander in the elite Sayeret Matkal commando unit.

Ben Gvir, a lawyer, enjoyed brief notoriety from a TV interview in which he proudly held up an ornament that he managed to rip off prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s Cadillac. “We got the car. We’ll get to Rabin too,” Ben Gvir said into the camera weeks before the premier’s 1995 assassination.

Officers Yazan Falah and Shirel Aboukrat, both 19, were killed in the attack by two Islamic State supporters who were Israeli citizens.

The two attackers were named in media reports as Ibrahim and Ayman Ighbariah, cousins from Umm al-Fahm. Both of the terrorists were shot dead by members of a unit of undercover officers who were eating at a nearby restaurant, police officials said.

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