World is worried about far-right Ben-Gvir: Israeli President | News

Israeli elections last week mean far-right lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir is set to join Netanyahu’s new government.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog was caught saying that “the whole world is worried” about the far-right stances of newly elected MK Itamar Ben-Gvir, local media reported.

Herzog was consulting with the ultra-Orthodox Shas party over last week’s election when his comment about Ben-Gvir, an ultra-nationalist slated to become a minister in Benjamin Netanyahu’s new cabinet, was picked up by a microphone he apparently thought off.

“You have a partner who worries the whole world around us. I told him that too,” Herzog was heard saying at the end of the meeting on Wednesday.

“You are going to have a problem with the Temple Mount. This is a critical issue,” Herzog said, referring to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which far-right Israelis have repeatedly entered in recent years, in violation of security standards. long-agreed access.

Herzog’s office later reiterated that the president had discussed those concerns directly with Ben-Gvir.

Ben-Gvir, who leads the far-right Jewish Power party, is expected to join former Prime Minister Netanyahu’s new government following his election victory last week.

He is best known as a far-right provocateur who hates Palestinians.

In 2007, he was found guilty of inciting racism, destroying property, possessing propaganda material of a “terrorist” organization and supporting a “terrorist” organization – Meir Kahane’s banned Kach group, which he joined at the age of 16.

He recently expressed interest in becoming police minister, alarming Palestinians about a possible increase in violence.

Netanyahu’s new government is likely to be one of the most right-wing in Israel’s history.

Local media quoted Ben-Gvir as saying he had “many fruitful conversations” with the president and intended to explain the positions of his Jewish Power party.

The President’s consultations with political parties will continue in the coming days. He will call for a candidate to form a government on Sunday, his office said.

Last week’s election was the fifth in less than four years. Along with smaller far-right and religious parties, his Likud party won 64 seats out of a 120-seat parliament, giving Netanyahu a solid majority and easing the process of forming a government.

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