‘He’s a romantic’: Security cabinet ministers said to pan Ben Gvir’s ‘Hamas <3 Biden' tweet as Netanyahu laughs

File - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convenes a meeting of the security cabinet in Tel Aviv on March 15, 2024 (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
File - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convenes a meeting of the security cabinet in Tel Aviv on March 15, 2024 (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Several members of the security cabinet criticized National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir for tweeting “Hamas [loves] Biden” yesterday during a meeting late last night, according to a Hebrew media report.

Ynet News reports leaked comments from the meeting, which was scheduled determine Israel’s reaction to a decision by US President Joe Biden to withhold munitions that could be used in a major Israeli offensive in Rafah.

According to the report, Ben Gvir defended his post on X, formerly Twitter, as “gentle, relative to what most Israelis think” of the move by Washington.

“We need to talk to the Americans with respect — but make it clear that if there are sanctions on us then there will be less humanitarian aid” transferred to Palestinians in Gaza, he is quoted as saying.

“To speak with respect like your tweet?” Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich reportedly retorted in the meeting.

The report adds that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu burst out laughing when Science and Technology Minister Gila Gamliel quipped, “He’s a romantic — he even added a heart emoji.”

In response, Ben Gvir reportedly doubled down and said, “Such tweets will multiply. I expect all ministers to join me. There is support for what I said not only by [Republican presidential candidate Donald] Trump, who made very important comments, but also by some Democrats.”

Trump, who is running against Biden for another term in the White House, wrote on his Truth Social platform yesterday: “Crooked Joe is taking the side of these terrorists just like he has sided with the Radical Mobs taking over our college campuses, because his donors are funding them.”

War cabinet minister Gadi Eisenkot reportedly responded to Ben Gvir, “You should take a deep breath and give a lot of respect to the President of the United States.”

To which the far-right minister retorts, “We should send a message that even in the US there is a majority against Biden.”

The meeting began at 11 pm last night and finished around 2 am, according to Ynet.

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