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Ben Gvir proposes to change the status of Al-Aqsa and shoot at the Palestinians

Greater Middle East (bbabo.net) - Itamar Ben-Gvir, leader of Israel's far-right Otzma Yehudit party, who will become Israel's national security minister in the new government, has vowed to change the status quo of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It is reported by Asharq Al-Awsat on November 28. Ben-Gvir also promised to change the laws on the legalization of settlements.

Speaking to a Jewish radio station, Ben-Gvir responded to a direct question about whether he would allow Jews to pray on the Temple Mount, saying he would do everything to prevent "racist policies." The "racist policy" Ben-Gvir spoke of prevents Jews from praying in public in Al-Aqsa territory.

Ben-Gvir went on to reiterate that he would work to change the rules for opening fire on Palestinians, calling the current directives "stupid" because they leave Israeli soldiers and police vulnerable. He believes that attackers should be shot even when they do not pose a threat: “Instead of waiting, those who wear Molotov cocktails should be shot on the spot,” Ben-Gvir said.

He also stressed that he would work to change the situation in illegal settlements. “In a few months, we will see improvements and changes and achieve some results,” said Ben-Gvir.

Among other things, Ben-Gvir said he would look into whether a bill would be passed in the Knesset to deport the families of those who attacked Israelis.

Ben Gvir's statements came two days after his party signed a coalition agreement with the Likud party, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As part of this agreement, Ben-Gvir will become Minister of Homeland Security with expanded powers.

Outgoing Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz has warned of the possibility of chaos in Israel as the head of the far-right Otzma Yehudit Party, Itamar Ben-Gvir, became the "de facto prime minister."

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said the Palestinians would launch a broad political movement to oppose the emerging ministerial coalition in Israel. Al-Maliki confirmed that the Palestinian leadership had sent messages to international organizations, especially the European Union, warning about the consequences of Ben Gvir's accession to ministerial posts in the next Israeli government.

Earlier, US Ambassador to Israel Tom Neides warned that the White House would "fight any attempt" by Israel to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.

As reported by bbabo.net, a senior Joe Biden administration official told Axios that US bilateral relations with Israel will largely depend on who takes the post of defense secretary in the new Israeli government. There has been a possibility that far-right politician Bezalel Smotrich will become Minister of Defense. Then there were reports in the media that the US presidential administration asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to appoint Smotrich as defense minister.

Ben Gvir proposes to change the status of Al-Aqsa and shoot at the Palestinians