JERUSALEM (AA) – Israel’s National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir has threatened to resign in protest against the government’s “lenient” response to rocket fire from Gaza.
The private Channel 13, citing sources close to Ben-Gvir, said the minister was critical of the government’s “lenient” response to rocket fire from Gaza and the slow evacuation of the Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin community near East Jerusalem.
“Ben-Gvir believes that he has partners [in the government] to make this change,” a source said.
According to the sources, Ben-Gvir, however, is satisfied with the closure of homes of Palestinians suspected to have been involved in attacks, home demolitions in East Jerusalem and the licensing of deadly firearms to Israelis.
Israel says the Khan al-Ahmar is built on state-owned lands, an allegation denied by the 190 Palestinians who have lived there since the 1950s, after their expulsion from their lands in the Negev area in 1948.