Days of Palestine

Sunday, March 26

Israeli Officials Mock Ben-Gvir’s Remarks on Military Operation in Occupied Jerusalem

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Israeli media mocked Israel’s security minister Itamar Ben Gvir following his threats to launch a military operation in occupied Jerusalem on Friday, February 11, 2023.

Earlier on Friday, Itamar Ben Gvir ordered the Israeli occupation police in Jerusalem to prepare for carrying out a “Defensive Shield 2” operation in Jerusalem, starting next Sunday.

Ben Gvir said he had ordered Israeli police to set up roadblocks around the Jerusalem town of Al-Issawiya, adding that he wanted to have a full closure on the town.

Police officials were reportedly surprised by Ben Gvir’s recent ‘temperamental reactions and statements’. Channel 12’s police correspondent Moshe Nussbaum said that officials described him as “childless”.

In addition, Hebrew media outlets quoted a government official saying, “decisions of such a scale are not made in statements by one minister or another on a sidewalk at the scene of an attack.”

Meanwhile, former Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said that Ben-Gvir’s instructions for the operation came without coordination between the security forces, adding that “if the matter is not dangerous, then it is really ridiculous.”

Israel Ziv, Israel’s former head of the Operations Directorate, said that Ben-Gvir must “stop making meaningless and inflammatory statements that lead to counterproductive results.”

The military affairs commentator on the Israeli channel Kan, Roi Sharon, said that Ben-Gvir’s statements are meaningless and there is no value in another military operation in east Jerusalem.

This came following a ramming attack that happened yesterday in Jerusalem, during which two Israeli settlers were killed. An unarmed Palestinian, who carried out the attack, was killed too.

The Palestinian resistance has escalated attacks against Israeli settlers coinciding with a rise of Israeli violence in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

The Palestinian ministry of health said that Israeli forces killed 36 Palestinians, including 8 children and an elderly woman, in the first month of 2023.