Itamar Ben Gvir accused President Biden of not giving West Jerusalem enough freedom to fight Hamas
Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir criticized US President Biden's approach to Israel's war in Gaza, saying that the situation would be bad. “Completely different” If former President Donal Trump were in power.
He added: “Instead of offering us his full support, Biden is busy providing humanitarian aid and fuel (to Gaza) that goes to Hamas.” Ben Gvir told the Wall Street Journal on Sunday. “If Trump were in power, the United States’ behavior would be completely different.”
Since the beginning of the military conflict, following the Hamas incursion into Israel on October 7, which left some 1,200 Israelis dead and more than 200 hostages taken, the United States has pledged “All he needs” to support the counterattack, but repeatedly urged Israel to take measures to avoid harming Palestinian civilians.
Ben Gvir's statements sparked condemnation from Israeli politicians, with some accusing the minister of harming him “Israel's strategic relations” And call the interview “A direct hit to the war effort.”
The head of the Labor Party, MK Merav Michaeli, interpreted the comments as a “Blatant and deliberate interference in the American election campaign.” The Prime Minister urged Netanyahu to dismiss the minister.
“If Netanyahu does not fire Ben Gvir, this amounts to an endorsement of his statements without reservation. “No one anywhere would believe that a government minister would dare to make such harmful and even ungrateful statements without the support of the Prime Minister of Israel.” She said in a post on X (formerly Twitter).
Netanyahu responded by saying that it was “I don't need any help in managing relations with the United States and the international community.” Adding that the Israeli government makes its own decisions “Even in those cases where there is no agreement with our American friends.”
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced Ben Jvir's statements, describing them as… “racist” He called for international sanctions to be imposed on him.
Itamar Ben Gvir, who was appointed Minister of National Security in December 2022, is known for his far-right views. He had previously called for the occupation of Gaza and the expulsion of the Palestinian population from the Strip. He also threatened to bring down Netanyahu's ruling coalition if the prime minister was too lenient with Hamas.