Ben Gvir defends soldier jailed for taunting activists, demands to visit him

A Givati soldier is seen confronting an activist in the West Bank city of Hebron, November 25, 2022. (Screenshot: Breaking the Silence)
A Givati soldier is seen confronting an activist in the West Bank city of Hebron, November 25, 2022. (Screenshot: Breaking the Silence)

Otzma Yehudit leader Itamar Ben Gvir slams the IDF for sentencing a soldier to 10 days in jail for taunting activists in the West Bank city of Hebron and demands to visit him in jail.

In a letter sent to Defense Minister Benny Gantz, published by Channel 12, Ben Gvir writes that there was nothing unacceptable about the soldier’s behavior and asks to visit him in the military prison tomorrow.

There was no imedeite response from Gantz.

The soldier on Friday confronted an activist and boasted that things will change when Ben Gvir, who is set to become Israel’s next national security minister — an expanded public security minister role —  comes to power.

“Ben Gvir is going to sort things out in this place,” the soldier said. “That’s it, you guys have lost… the fun is over.”

Ben Gvir also met with the soldier’s family although he later walked back some of his criticism of the IDF.

Ben Gvir later tweeted that his criticism was not aimed at the soldier’s commander who jailed him, rather at Gantz for setting policy that did not support the troops.

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