Otzma Yehudit MKs: This isn’t the government we signed up for, it can’t continue

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir at the Knesset in Jerusalem, February 5, 2023. (Oren Ben Hakoon/Flash90)
National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir at the Knesset in Jerusalem, February 5, 2023. (Oren Ben Hakoon/Flash90)

Far-right Otzma Yehudit party leader Itamar Ben Gvir and fellow party member MK Limor Son Har Melech appear to issue a threat to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that they will bolt his government if West Bank evacuations continue.

In a statement posted on social media, Ben Gvir says that this isn’t the government he signed up for. “We joined the government on the basis of a commitment that it would be a completely right-wing government, and this policy cannot continue.”

Son Har Melech says she feels “very, very disappointed that the policies of the right are not coming to fruition in reality.”

Both accuse the government of enforcing laws for Jewish violators in the West Bank, while ignoring them for Palestinians.

Their comments come after security forces uprooted trees planted without authorization by a settler in the West Bank. Son Har Melech has accused a policeman of sexually assaulting her during the incident.

Ben Gvir, who is also the national security minister, had several demands to demolish Palestinian buildings in East Jerusalem rebuffed by Netanyahu.

Most Popular