Far-right extremist poised to be Israel’s national security minister, increasing tension with Palestine

Far-right extremist poised to be Israel’s national security minister, increasing tension with Palestine

13 days ago

Extremist politician Itamar Ben-Gvir, who has a long record of anti-Arab rhetoric and stunts, will become Israel’s next minister of national security, according to the first of what are expected to be several coalition deals struck by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party.

Likud announced the agreement with Ben-Gvir’s Jewish Power party on Friday.

Negotiations with three other potential far-right and ultra-Orthodox coalition partners are continuing.

If successful, Netanyahu would return to the prime minister’s office and preside over the most right-wing and religious government in Israel’s history.

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