Ben Gvir brushes aside relative of hostage as a ‘leftist’

Sam Sokol is the Times of Israel's political correspondent. He was previously a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Haaretz. He is the author of "Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews"

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir dismisses the relative of a hostage held in Gaza seeking answers by calling them a “leftist.”

Ben Gvir is confronted by Snir Daan, cousin of hostage Carmel Gat, outside a conference in Tel Aviv. Asked what he is doing to free Gat, Ben Gvir responds that he will cut off fuel supplies to Gaza.

Challenged as to how that would advance the hostages’ freedom, the far-right minister turns and brusquely says, “Stop being a leftist.”

Ben Gvir then walks away and refuses to answer when asked by Daan why his political views are a factor in the fate of his cousin.

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