Ben Gvir joins marchers, vows to go to Damascus Gate unless deal reached

MK Itamar Ben Gvir is mobbed as he arrives at Safra Square to join a right-wing march to the Western Wall.

He vows to go to Damascus Gate, where he is ostensibly banned from, unless there is a compromise between police and organizers changing the route of the march.

Itamar Ben Gvir speaks to the media at Safra Square in Jerusalem ahead of a right-wing march on April 20, 2022. (Carrie Keller-Lynn/Times of Israel)

“I haven’t gotten any message about anything,” he tells a media scrum of the ban. “I don’t know of any order about this. If there’s a deal, I’ll go along with it. If not, I plan on going to Damascus Gate.”

He also dismisses warnings that his appearance could spark fresh rocket fire, saying such warnings have been issued before and did not come to pass.

Attacking Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, he accuses him of being worried about the security of the coalition, not the state.

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