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Ben Gvir pens post-election appeal to ‘my brothers on the left’

Far-right lawmaker and head of the Otzma Yehudit party Itamar Ben-Gvir gestures after first exit poll results for the election at his party's headquarters in Jerusalem, November 2, 2022. (Oren Ziv/AP)
Far-right lawmaker and head of the Otzma Yehudit party Itamar Ben-Gvir gestures after first exit poll results for the election at his party's headquarters in Jerusalem, November 2, 2022. (Oren Ziv/AP)

Religious Zionism MK Itamar Ben Gvir pens a column in the Israel Hayom daily dedicated to “my brothers on the left,” promising them that “this isn’t the end of your country.”

The far-right anti-LGBT incendiary lawmaker — whose party won 14 seats in last week’s election — writes that “despite the disagreements… and despite the demonization and the hatred, despite all that, we are brothers!”

Ben Gvir dismisses concerns over religious coercion or “thought police,” and rejects a suggestion that, if appointed public security minister, he would not assign police protection to the Pride Parade.

“Do I want to see a heinous murder of a girl attending the parade?” asks Ben Gvir, referencing the deadly 2015 stabbing at the Jerusalem parade. “Of course not, and even if I am not enthusiastic about the parade, I will make sure the lives of the marchers are protected at all costs.”

Ben Gvir also references his history of extremist activity, including threatening prime minister Yitzchak Rabin, writing: “I have matured, I have moderated, and I have understood that life is more complicated.”

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