Ben Gvir is ‘not part of the leadership which makes decisions,’ says Gallant

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, center, speaks to National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir after a Knesset vote in Jerusalem, February 15, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, center, speaks to National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir after a Knesset vote in Jerusalem, February 15, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Responding to a question at a press conference, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant says that far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir is not a key decision maker in security issues.

Asked about concerns of Ben Gvir’s involvement in arrangements for Ramadan prayers on the Temple Mount, Gallant says that “I am busy with issues of the security establishment.”

Pressed about Ben Gvir’s comments to the Wall Street Journal yesterday, in which he criticized the Biden administration and repeated his call for Gazans to voluntarily emigrate, Gallant says that the Otzma Yehudit leader “is not part of the leadership that makes decisions.”

The narrow war cabinet is made up of Gallant, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Minister Benny Gantz, although Ben Gvir sits on the security cabinet.

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