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US Reform chief: Ben Gvir as police minister ‘is like David Duke as attorney general’

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, head of the Union for Reform Judaism, stands in his office in New York in May 2022. (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, head of the Union for Reform Judaism, stands in his office in New York in May 2022. (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, head of the Union for Reform Judaism, says that handing Otzma Yehudit MK Itamar Ben Gvir the job of public security minister is like naming an infamous KKK leader — a notorious white supremacist group — as attorney general.

“Appointing Ben Gvir as public security minister is like appointing David Duke, one of the heads of the KKK, as attorney general,” Jacobs tells Ynet.

“Most American Jews find it unimaginable that someone like Itamar Ben Gvir or Bezalel Smotrich would be the face and voice of modern Israel,” he adds. “Honestly, it’s a scary thought.”

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