Ben-Gvir's prayer storm: Those close to the minister of national security said Tuesday evening that despite the opposition and announcements by his coalition colleagues, headed by the prime minister, he does not intend to back down from his intention to hold a prayer this coming Thursday.
"Ben-Gvir respects Netanyahu's criticism, understands the claims, but what was done on Yom Kippur in Tel Aviv was crossing a red line. The right has become a cuffed child. In such circumstances when people are thrown out of the public space, who destroy the Yom Kippur prayer, it is important to get there. No beatings, no violence, but it is not possible for Jews to be expelled from the area," stressed those close to the minister.
According to them, "It has been said for many months about Ben-Gvir on all kinds of occasions that he will capitulate, this has not happened and he does not intend to fold again because of pressure from religious cynics."
Deri against Ben-Gvir's prayer: "Let them pray in the synagogues, we don't need unnecessary wars" // Photo: Knesset Channel
Otzma Yehudit sources attacked Constitution Committee Chairman MK Simcha Rotman this evening after he criticized Ben-Gvir earlier today, saying: Itamar, your intentions are desirable but your actions are undesirable." "Rothman is weak in character," party sources said, "he plays it on the committee, but in practice folds time after time. If there is no reform, it will be a lot because of him and because of Smotrich. We saw in the vote on reasonableness how he and Bezalel wanted to reject the legislation."
The Prime Minister's Office tried to speak with Ben-Gvir this evening and update him on the Prime Minister's position, but no conversation between the two has taken place at this time.
Itamar, your intentions are desirable but your actions are undesirable.
There is no doubt that the action of a small and violent minority that attacked worshippers on Yom Kippur is heartbreaking for all of us, but the response to the provocation of the extremist and noisy progressive minority that does not want a Jewish and democratic state here is not a counter-provocation that will lead to an expansion of the flames and hatred >>> https://t.co/cTjrku3rNk
— Simcha Rothman (@rothmar) September 26, 2023
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