Opposition MKs clash with Ben Gvir over bills to electronically track domestic abusers

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir speaks to the plenum in the Knesset on March 22, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir speaks to the plenum in the Knesset on March 22, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A fight breaks out in the plenum between opposition MKs and National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir over his opposition to legislation to create an electronic monitoring system to track domestic abusers.

Ben Gvir speaks out against such a bill, accusing opposition MKs of taking advantage of the recent murder of an Israeli woman by her known abusive husband to push the issue.

Opposition MKs chant “shame!” as the national security minister finishes his remarks on the Knesset floor. Ben Gvir has said he wants to re-examine the policy to make sure it does not affect wrongly accused men.

The coalition topples four related opposition bills to create the power for courts to order electronic tracking, to ensure restraining order compliance.

As the plenum session leader throws a number of outraged opposition MKs from the plenum, Yisrael Beytenu MK Evgeny Sova attacks him for “throwing women out of the plenum.”

Retaking the speaker’s podium, Ben Gvir attacks the furious opposition for “only caring about politics” and promises to “do fundamental work on the issue.”

Ben Gvir claims that after the Knesset’s Passover recess, he’ll bring “a much more serious” government bill “to protect women,” dismissing attacks as “cynical.”

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