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Sara Netanyahu hosts wives of coalition partners, Ben Gvir’s wife brings a gun

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

Sara Netanyahu (C) meets with the wives of several of the prospective coalition members Yaffa Deri (2L), Maoz (L), Ayala Ben Gvir (2R) and Rivka Goldknopf (R) on November 14, 2022. Ben Gvir can be seen with a hand gun tucked into her skirt. (Likud)
Sara Netanyahu (C) meets with the wives of several of the prospective coalition members Yaffa Deri (2L), Maoz (L), Ayala Ben Gvir (2R) and Rivka Goldknopf (R) on November 14, 2022. Ben Gvir can be seen with a hand gun tucked into her skirt. (Likud)

Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara hosts the wives of most of the prospective coalition partners for a “bonding” meeting, Likud says.

Netanyahu meets with Yaffa Deri, wife of Shas’s Aryeh; Rivka Goldknopf, wife of UTJ leader Yitzhak; Ayala Ben Gvir, wife of Otzma Yehudit’s Itamar and Galit Maoz, wife of Noam’s Avi, at Jerusalem’s Waldorf Astoria hotel.

Notably absent was Revital Smotrich, wife of Religious Zionism’s Bezalel, who was unable to make it due to  “personal reasons.”

Ayala Ben Gvir is wearing a handgun holstered on her hip. It is not clear how or why she was permitted by security personnel to bring the weapon into the meeting.

Channel 12 news says she is a member of a women’s civil guard unit protecting residents of the Hebron settlement enclave where the family lives.

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