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Ben Gvir: Nightmare for Netanyahu or the Left?

Donniel Hartman and Yossi Klein Halevi discuss Israel’s upcoming fateful and potentially dangerous election.

Far-right MK Itamar Ben Gvir speaks during a press conference in Ramat Gan, August 15, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Far-right MK Itamar Ben Gvir speaks during a press conference in Ramat Gan, August 15, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Only two years ago, Netanyahu declared that Itamar Ben Gvir, the most popular leader on the far-right with deep roots in the racist Kahanist movement, wasn’t fit to be a minister. Now, Netanyahu affirms that he would be a part of any future government. Will a coalition with Ben Gvir unravel the social fabric of Israel? Is the threat he represents exaggerated? How should Israeli liberals and moderates respond? Donniel Hartman and Yossi Klein Halevi discuss Israel’s upcoming fateful and potentially dangerous election. Listen here:

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