Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party has signed its first coalition deal with the far-right Jewish Power party, giving an ultra-nationalist leader Itamar bin Juffair Police Ministry and a seat in the security cabinet.
“We took a big step tonight towards a full coalition agreement, towards the formation of a full right-wing government,” Ben Gvir said in a statement on Friday.
Netanyahu’s Likud party and its religious and far-right allies won the b Clear victory In the November 1 elections in Israel, which seemed to end nearly four years of political instability.
The agreement does not include the formation of a complete and final new government, as negotiations with coalition partners are prolonged. But it does show slow and steady progress toward forming what appears to be the most right-wing government in Israel’s history.
Under the terms of the agreement, Ben Gvir — who until last year had a reputation as a far-right provocateur who hates the Palestinians — will take over the newly created post of national security minister.
The Times of Israel reported that he would also have control of the Israeli Border Police department in the occupied West Bank, which is currently under the Defense Ministry.
In addition, he will assume several newly formed portfolios and roles, including one related to the development of the Negev (Negev), another as Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Economy, and Chairman of the Public Security Committee in the Israeli Parliament. , or the Knesset.
The Israeli newspaper stated that the agreement also includes an agreement to establish a national guard and expand the mobilization of reserve forces in the border police.
There will also be a relaxation of laws around the southern border to allow open fire against “thieves caught stealing weapons from military bases”.
It wasn’t immediately clear what the legislative change’s impact would be, given that soldiers were already given more freedom to open fire last year.
Bin Juffair’s record includes a 2007 conviction for racial incitement against Arabs and support for terrorism, as well as anti-LGBT activism.
He says he no longer calls for the expulsion of all Palestinians – only those he considers “traitors” or “terrorists”.
Ben Gvir, an illegal settler living in the West Bank occupied by Israel since 1967, opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state.
He also supports Jewish prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, in contravention of the status quo established at the site, and the traditional opposition of Orthodox Jews to praying there.
The increasing presence of far-right Jews who attempted to pray at the site, under the protection of Israeli forces, angered the Palestinians and led to violent confrontations.
Inclusion of far-right figures in the coalition government concern of Israel’s Western alliesaccording to Israeli President Isaac Herzog, whose words were picked up by a microphone he apparently thought was turned off.
Since winning a Knesset seat, Ben Gvir has drawn a gun from Palestinian parking guards in Tel Aviv — about which he was questioned by police — and has engaged in a dispute with lawmaker Ayman Odeh, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, when Odeh denies him entry. The hospital room of a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike.
Last month, Ben Gvir went to the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, where the Israeli authorities are trying to evict Palestinian families, with a group of settlers who slashed the tires of Palestinians’ cars and tried to break into the home of one family.
When the Palestinians responded by throwing stones, he pulled out a gun, despite the presence of the police at the scene.
Ben Gvir claims that the hands of Israeli police officers and soldiers are tied and he wants to relax the rules to allow them to shoot Palestinians who throw stones at them — but not Jews who do the same.