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Ben Gvir accuses AG of ‘harassment’ after police probe his party MK for incitement

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir at the Knesset in Jerusalem, February 5, 2023. (Oren Ben Hakoon/Flash90)
National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir at the Knesset in Jerusalem, February 5, 2023. (Oren Ben Hakoon/Flash90)

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir responds to the police decision to summon his party member Zvika Fogel for questioning on suspicion of incitement to terrorism, again targeting Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara for approving the move.

Two weeks ago, Fogel explicitly backed extremist settlers who torched Palestinian homes and vehicles in the northern West Bank town of Huwara. He later tweeted that his words had been “distorted,” without explaining how.

“The attorney general’s harassment of Otzma Yehudit members and the right is continuing,” Ben Gvir says in a statement.

He goes on to list a series of officials and former officials — including former prime ministers Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak, and Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai — who have “preached to rebellion against the government” over its judicial overhaul plan and “called for war in the streets,” lamenting that the attorney general “hasn’t ordered investigations into them” or into Joint List MK Ayman Odeh, who “heaped praise on terror group Hezbollah.”

The attorney general only has a say on whether police probes are opened against members of Knesset.

Ben Gvir adds: “This is an attorney general who, instead of serving the elected government, is trying to hinder and harass it. This isn’t a ‘gatekeeper,’ it is an official that discriminates and acts in service of the opposition.”

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