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Ben Gvir blasts Israel's response to terror attacks, blames previous Bennett-Lapid government

Israeli Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir gives a press statement at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, Mar. 24, 2023. (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir blasted the government in a social media post on Friday for what he believes is an inadequate response to terrorism.

While the security minister demanded stronger action against terrorism from the current Netanyahu government, he also blamed the former Bennett-Lapid government for the deteriorating security situation. 

Ben Gvir admitted he had considered quitting the government but stressed that the Netanyahu government is “a thousand times better and more responsible than the previous government, in every parameter.”

“Sometimes our short memory leads us to forget what the previous government did in response to terror attacks,” said Ben Gvir. 

The security minister condemned former Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz for hosting the “terrorist Abu Mazen” (Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas) and enabling the PA to transfer "grants to the families of terrorists” through its pay-for-slay policy which incentivizes terrorism against Israelis and Jews. 

Looking ahead, the national security minister vowed to step up the fight against terrorism in all of its forms. 

“It is obvious that we would want more – it is obvious that I want an unequivocal response to the terror, rockets and incitement – and I promise to continue fighting with all my power for our doctrine, yours and mine,” stated Ben Gvir. 

However, the Israeli public is divided whether Ben Gvir is strengthening or undermining Israeli security. 

In March, some 25 former police chiefs and commanders warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Ben Gvir’s policy could potentially trigger a third Intifada terror wave against the Jewish state. 

“The minister, who from the start did not have the experience required for such a complex role, is acting against the authority granted to him by the law, intervening in operational decision-making processes,” warned the former police and security commanders in their letter to the prime minister. 

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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