Ben Gvir slams Deri as a lapdog of the left, as coalition rift gets personal

Knesset Member Aryeh Deri looks at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a vote on the state budget at the Knesset in Jerusalem, March 13, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)
Knesset Member Aryeh Deri looks at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a vote on the state budget at the Knesset in Jerusalem, March 13, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)

Far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir brands Shas leader Aryeh Deri a lapdog of the left as a rift between their two parties deepens.

“It turns out that Aryeh Deri, from Oslo until today, is committed to the ideology of the left. Deri has always  idolized the left, from Rabin to Peres to Gantz — he is the main player pushing the prime minister to compromise on policy,” says a statement from Ben Gvir’s Otzma Yehudit party.

“Today, Deri opposes Minister Ben Gvir joining the war cabinet because, while Ben Gvir is pushing to defeat the enemy on all fronts, Deri supports surrender and weakness,” the statement says.

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