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Sderot mayor claims Ra’am is ‘setting the conditions on Temple Mount’

Alon Davidi, mayor of the southern Israeli city of Sderot, attends a press conference in Jerusalem, March 27, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Alon Davidi, mayor of the southern Israeli city of Sderot, attends a press conference in Jerusalem, March 27, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi slams Prime Minister Naftali Bennett over the recent escalation, claiming that coalition member Ra’am is really the one calling the shots.

“[Mansour] Abbas and Ra’am are setting the conditions on the Temple Mount,” Davidi tells the Kan public radio. “Hamas is holding the residents of the south hostage and not paying any price,” he adds.

The city of Sderot lies just one kilometer from Gaza and is a frequent target of rocket fire.

Davidi, who ran for Knesset with Bennett’s Yamina faction last year but decided not take his seat in parliament, says that “the government of Israel sees waving a flag as a provocation in Jerusalem, and it’s no surprise that we in Sderot are paying double the price,” referring to yesterday’s controversial right-wing flag march through the capital’s Old City.

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