Lawmakers in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party denounce the police decision not to authorize a nationalist march in Jerusalem later this week, amid concerns it could reignite Israeli-Palestinian tensions over the city.
“The cancellation of the Flag March is a surrender to terror,” Likud MK Miki Zohar tweets
Deputy Health Minister Yoav Kisch of Likud initially blames the proposed “change government” of Netanyahu’s political rivals, but then deletes his tweet.
“The decision to cancel the Flag March is bad and scandalous. The tweet I erased assigned responsibility to the change government that has still not been formed. I accept the criticism,” he writes on Twitter.
Kisch adds: “The decision is still in our hands. I reached out to the prime minister and public security minister to reverse the police commissioner’s decision.”
Public Security Minister Amir Ohana, who oversees police, is also a Likud member.
Likud MK May Golan says she’ll use her parliamentary immunity to join far-right MK Itamar Ben Gvir in marching through the Muslim Quarter with Israeli flags during the time of the planned march.
“We won’t give a prize to those Arab rioters and cowardly politicians,” tweets Golan.