Far-right Ben Gvir: Abbas speech trying to portray terror backer as ‘teddy bear’

Itamar Ben Gvir, the leader of the extremist Otzma Yehudit faction of the Religious Zionism party, lambastes Ra’am party leader Mansour Abbas’s speech calling for Jewish-Arab partnership, saying it is a cover for a politician who supports murderers and terrorists.

“Mansour Abbas’s speech tries to present as a ‘cuddly teddy bear’ someone who belongs to the Islamic Movement, supports Hamas and sanctifies murderers of babies,” he says in a statement.

“Any coalition propped up by Abbas would be the end of the right wing, and we have no public mandate to do that,” he adds, calling on right-wing party leaders Naftali Bennett and Gideon Sa’ar to help form a right-wing government.