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.