Days of Palestine

Wednesday, May 31

High on Death of Innocent Women and Children, Ben-Gvir Breaks Cabinet Boycott

Itamar Ben-Gvir announced that he is ceasing his boycott of the government, following airstrikes in Gaza that killed 13 Palestinians
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Itamar Ben-Gvir, the Israeli radical National Security minister, and his political party announced that they were ceasing their boycott of the government, following airstrikes in Gaza which resulted in the death of 13 Palestinians.

At least seven children were killed by Tuesday’s air strike.

The extremist party, Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power), stopped attending cabinet meetings and refused to back government bills in the Knesset following their belief that the Israeli occupation had not adequately responded the rocket fire from Gaza the week prior.

Ben-Gvir had his own terms in order to rejoin cabinet meetings, such as advocating for a more aggressive stance against Palestinian resistance fighters in the West Bank and stiffening regulations on Palestinian inmates in Israeli custody.

He wanted to have more influence on security issues and to pass a bill on a proposed judicial reforming plan, which has caused much dissent in the Israel and caused hundreds of thousands to demonstrate.

Israeli media reported that Ben-Gvir was unwilling to pull out of the coalition government due to the potential of it falling apart.

Latest opinion surveys have revealed a considerable drop in the approval of him and his party.

Ben-Gvir is well-known for his provocative, anti-Palestinian speech. In the past, he has proposed that Palestinian citizens of Israel should be expelled, advocated for the growth of unauthorized settlements in the West Bank, and made an uninvited appearance at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied Jerusalem.