Netanyahu to meet Ben Gvir over his threats to quit government

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir at the Israel Police Independence Day ceremony at the National Headquarters of the Israel Police in Jerusalem May 9, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir at the Israel Police Independence Day ceremony at the National Headquarters of the Israel Police in Jerusalem May 9, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invites National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir to a meeting after the far-right leader threatened to bolt the government over the newly proposed hostage release and ceasefire deal, Hebrew media report.

The Israel Hayom daily quotes sources in Netanyahu’s office as saying that Netanyahu plans to show him the draft of the proposal that was publicized by US President Joe Biden on Friday.

The source says that contrary to Biden’s remarks the draft does not have a clause obligating Israel to end the fighting. Netanyahu will show him that it is not an “irresponsible deal,” the source says.

Ben Gvir and fellow far-right minister Bezalel Smotrich have said they will quit the coalition if the deal goes ahead.

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