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Ben Gvir vows to fight ‘Bedouin terrorism’ in north and south in next government

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Itamar Ben Gvir at a polling station in Ofakim during election day, March 23, 2021. (Jacob Magid/Times of Israel)
Itamar Ben Gvir at a polling station in Ofakim during election day, March 23, 2021. (Jacob Magid/Times of Israel)

At a largely empty polling station in the southern town of Ofakim, far-right Religious Zionism party candidate Itamar Ben Gvir tells the half a dozen party activists present that he wants to take on the position of defense minister of the south and the Galilee in the next government, a post that currently does not exist.

He says he will help protect residents of the north and south against the “Bedouin terrorism” throughout the streets.

Three of his supporters begin cheering his name, saying “Hey-Ho, look who’s come, the next defense minister of the south and the Galilee!”

A blushing Ben Gvir tells the teens that they need to work on shortening the chant.

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