Otzma Yehudit recommends Netanyahu as next prime minister

The far-right Otzma Yehudit faction, led by MK Itamar Ben Gvir, recommends that Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu form the next government.

The faction, which ran on a united slate with Bezalel Smotrich’s Religious Zionism in the elections, made the recommendation in talks with President Isaac Herzog.

During the meeting, Herzog reportedly raised concerns with Ben Gvir about his party’s attitude to Arabs and human rights, according to Otzma Yehudit.

Ben Gvir replied: “I come from the world of law. The judicial system is important, but it is more important that we all feel represented there.”

“It’s untenable for soldiers to be put on trial after protecting civilians with their bodies.

“More judges with a national Zionist agenda need to be appointed,” he adds.

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