Ben Gvir slams Netanyahu: ‘A one-man government’

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir speaks at a meeting of his Otzma Yehudit party, at the Knesset in Jerusalem on June 10, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir speaks at a meeting of his Otzma Yehudit party, at the Knesset in Jerusalem on June 10, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

National Security Minister slams Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as running a “one-man government” as the far-right politician seeks greater influence over the running of the war and truce talks.

Ben Gvir has been jockeying for a seat at the now-disbanded war cabinet for several weeks and his party said they would withhold support from an upcoming government bill today unless Ben Gvir were given more influence.

“We are in an absurd reality where we are treading water in Gaza, on the northern border, tying the hands of the IDF, conducting negotiations with irresponsible opening positions, heading toward a political agreement — all of it while surrendering to terror on every front, and the prime minister is running a one-man government,” Ben Gvir says in a statement.

Ben Gvir accuses Netanyahu of making decisions by himself and of sidelining his coalition partners, including in cabinet meetings, which he called “meaningless” and said the situation was “insufferable.”

“The prime minister needs to understand that that the ‘rule of the right’ is not a meaningless expression and the opinions of the coalition partners have weight. We did not join to be cheerleaders to the tribune. We came to influence,” he says.

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