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Ben Gvir calls on Smotrich to stop stalling over vote for new Knesset speaker

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

Otzma Yehudit leader MK Itamar Ben Gvir at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, November 10, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Otzma Yehudit leader MK Itamar Ben Gvir at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, November 10, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Without using his name, Otzma Yehudit chief Itamar Ben Gvir calls on Religious Zionism leader Bezalel Smotrich to join forces with the other prospective coalition members and vote for a new Knesset speaker.

“It’s a serious and severe mistake” to not immediately appoint a new Knesset speaker, which would help the incoming coalition set the agenda for upcoming legislative sessions, Ben Gvir says.

Smotrich has reportedly been holding out as a negotiating tactic with bloc leader Likud.

“Terror doesn’t wait for us…anarchists are working in the field, there’s no time, we have to form a government,” Ben Gvir adds, using “anarchists” to refer to left-wing activists.

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