search

Ben Gvir accuses Likud of ‘stuttering,’ trying to backtrack on coalition agreements

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Head of the Otzma Yehudit party Itamar Ben Gvir at the scene of a suspected terror attack near the entrance to Jerusalem, on November 23, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Head of the Otzma Yehudit party Itamar Ben Gvir at the scene of a suspected terror attack near the entrance to Jerusalem, on November 23, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Otzma Yehudit chief Itamar Ben Gvir appears to confirm reports Likud is trying to walk back some deals signed with his far-right party, accusing it of “stuttering.”

“In the past days, I hear stuttering about agreements that were already signed and agreed upon,” Ben Gvir says at the outset of his party’s faction meeting.

Ben Gvir points to his demand to loosen open-fire rules and legislate immunity for security forces.

Adding a fresh demand, Ben Gvir says he wants an influential role in the powerful Ministerial Committee on Legislation, the government’s filter for coalition-supported bills.

Presumed incoming prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is said to want the top spot chairing the committee for himself, and Ben Gvir’s spokesman confirms that the Otzma leader will push to be his stand-in.

“In order to make sure the agreements will happen, we stand by our request to receive tools” the party needs to carry out its security policy, Ben Gvir says.

Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed
image
Register for free
and continue reading
Registering also lets you comment on articles and helps us improve your experience. It takes just a few seconds.
Already registered? Enter your email to sign in.
Please use the following structure: example@domain.com
Or Continue with
By registering you agree to the terms and conditions. Once registered, you’ll receive our Daily Edition email for free.
Register to continue
Or Continue with
Log in to continue
Sign in or Register
Or Continue with
check your email
Check your email
We sent an email to you at .
It has a link that will sign you in.