Days of Palestine

Wednesday, February 1

Netanyahu’s Government Contains 16 Ministers Affiliated to Extremist “Temple Groups”

They announced that they control the affairs of the West Bank, Al-Aqsa Mosque, settlements and immigration

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The Israeli occupation government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, which was announced this afternoon, included 16 ministers who are directly affiliated with the extremist Israeli “Temple groups”, or who are loyal to its claim to establish the alleged “Temple” in the place of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.

They consider it a political priority that the Zionist government must employ its capabilities to achieve, which makes up more than half of the 31 ministers.

The distribution of supporters of the temple idea in Netanyahu’s sixth government, which is the 37th government in the history of the Israeli occupation entity, was as follows:

First: Direct members of the Extremist Israeli “Temple Groups” who participate in the raids of Al-Aqsa Mosque or in organizing them: 7 ministers, are:

1- Yizalel Smotrich from the Religious Zionist Party: Minister of Finance and Minister in charge of the “Civil Administration” in the West Bank.

2 – Itamar Ben Gvir from the Religious Zionist Party: Minister of National Security, responsible for the police and its military arm, “Border Guard”, who will be responsible for the rules of opening and closing Al-Aqsa Mosque at the hands of the occupation police.

3- Amichai Chikli fom the Likud party (He defected from the Yamina party in 2021): Minister of Social Equality and the Jewish Diaspora.

4 – Yitzhak Wasserlauf from the Religious Zionist Party: Minister of “Development” of the Galilee and the Negev.

5- Orit Struck from the Religious Zionist Party: Minister of National Missions, which is the new name for the Ministry of Settlement Affairs on the Palestinian territories after expanding its powers.

6 – Amichai Eliyahu from the Religious Zionist Party: Minister of Heritage (after separating this portfolio from the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs, which will be assumed by Meir Boruch of the Torah Jews Party, which represents the traditional Western religious.)

7- Ofir Sofer from the Religious Zionist Party: Minister of Immigration and Absorption.

Second: The ministers who publicly adopt the demands of the temple groups, but do not belong to them organically (some of them may participate in the raids and attacks on Al-Aqsa for political reasons), and they are 9 ministers:

1- Yariv Levin from the Likud Party: Minister of Justice

2- Miri Regev from the Likud Party: Minister of Transportation

3- Gila Gamliel from the Likud Party: Minister of Intelligence

4- Avi Dichter from the Likud Party: Minister of Agriculture and former head of the Israeli Shin Bet

5 Miki Zohar from the Likud Party: Minister of Culture and Sports.

6- Shlomo Karji from the Likud Party: Minister of Information

7- Ofir Akunis from the Likud Party: Minister of Innovation and Technology

8 – Nir Barkat from the Likud Party: Minister of Economy (he is the former mayor of Jerusalem, who worked to Judaize its identity between 2008-2018)

9- Idit Silman from the Likud Party (she originally defected from the Yamina party in 2022): Minister of Biological Protection.

In addition to these government seats, the new Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, Amir Ohana, adopts the argument of the temple groups, despite his homosexuality.

The newly appointed head of the Israeli National Security Council, Tzachi Hanegbi, is one of the pioneers of this bloc of politicians, as he was the one who laid the security foundations for the daily storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and who undertook the establishment of the system of sensors and surveillance cameras on the walls of Al-Aqsa Mosque when he was Minister of Internal Security between 2003-2005.

Those who adhere to the ideology of religious substitution and the alleged establishment of the Temple in the place of Al-Aqsa constitute an influential cross-party political group, divided between two ruling parties, Likud and religious Zionism, and it also has supporters in a major opposition party, the National Camp led by Benny Gantz.

All these organizations and parties meet in the extremist policy against the Palestinians and the promotion of settlers’ escalating incursion into Al-Aqsa Mosque and Islamic religious sites throughout Palestine.

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