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Ben Gvir’s party: Left trying to provoke US into interfering with Israeli democracy

Otzma Yehudit leader Itamar Ben Gvir tours the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem on October 28, 2022, ahead of the upcoming Knesset elections. (Olivier Ftoussi/Flash90)
Otzma Yehudit leader Itamar Ben Gvir tours the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem on October 28, 2022, ahead of the upcoming Knesset elections. (Olivier Ftoussi/Flash90)

After a media report claimed that the US was considering boycotting far-right Religious Zionism MK Itamar Ben Gvir — who is expected to receive a ministerial post in Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu’s government — Ben Gvir’s Otzma Yehudit faction accuses the Israeli left of being involved in the matter.

“The undemocratic campaign that the Israeli left has been pushing continues,” the party says in a statement. “We know very well who in Israel is trying to incite the Americans to interfere in Israeli democracy and what their interests are.”

The same accusation was hurled at the Yesh Atid party after a pair of US Democratic lawmakers warned Israelis against empowering Ben Gvir given his extremist policies and views.

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