Fuming over exclusion from security assessment, Ben Gvir tells PM he ‘can’t hide’ behind Gantz anymore

Head of the Otzma Yehudit party and Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir leads a faction meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on February 5, 2024.  (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Head of the Otzma Yehudit party and Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir leads a faction meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on February 5, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir fumes at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for not being invited to a security assessment this evening, after more than 200 rockets were fired by Hezbollah at northern Israel.

In a post on X, the ultranationalist minister slams Netanyahu’s “obscene practice” of excluding him from security assessments, and warns that there can be “no more excuses.”

“You are the prime minister, and you can’t even hide behind [Benny] Gantz and [Gadi] Eisenkot anymore,” he adds, referring to the National Unity party members who returned to the opposition earlier this week, and whom he has blamed for his exclusion from the war cabinet.

Ben Gvir has repeatedly called for Israel to invade southern Lebanon and launch a full-scale attack on Hezbollah following more than eight months of near-daily skirmishes along Israel’s northern border.

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