Far-right leaders warn Netanyahu against ‘reckless deal,’ call for Rafah op

Religious Zionist party leader MK Bezalel Smotrich (right) with Otzma Yehudit party leader MK Itamar Ben Gvir in the Knesset plenum, December 28, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/ Flash90)
Religious Zionist party leader MK Bezalel Smotrich (right) with Otzma Yehudit party leader MK Itamar Ben Gvir in the Knesset plenum, December 28, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/ Flash90)

Far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir issues a fresh threat to leave the government, as talks in Cairo on a hostages-for-truce deal appear to have entered a critical phase.

In a statement, Ben Gvir hails Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for not dispatching a delegation to Cairo and says he expects the premier to keep the promises he allegedly made when the two met last week: “No to a reckless deal, yes to Rafah.”

“The prime minister knows well what the price is of not honoring this commitment,” Ben Gvir adds.

In a similar statement, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich says “a surrender deal that will lead to the end of the war without total victory is a disaster.”

“Rafah now,” he adds.

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