Israel’s Security Minister Claims There Was A Palestinian Man Who Intended To Kill Him. PHOTO/Reuters
JERUSALEM – Minister of National Security Israel Itamar Ben-Gvir said, the police had arrested a citizen Palestine who planned to kill him. So far, Ben-Gvir is known as a right-wing politician who often triggers controversy.
A statement from his office said the unnamed man was arrested a few weeks ago.
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“The Arab suspect, a resident of Jerusalem, who planned to assassinate the Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir, was arrested a few weeks ago by the police in cooperation with the Shin Bet, the internal Security Service,” the statement said, as quoted by AFP.
Ben-Gvir, who heads the Jewish Power party, has a history of inflammatory comments about Palestine. The remarks came in the wake of an escalation in deadly violence in the occupied West Bank, where he lives.
Earlier, dozens of Jewish settlers rampaged through the northern West Bank over the weekend after two Israeli brothers were shot dead as they passed through the town of Huwara.
Ben-Gvir was appointed to his main security post in the new government sworn in on December 29 and headed by veteran Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Since serving as Minister of Security, Ben-Gvir has advocated Israel’s annexation of the West Bank and the transfer to the neighboring country of some Israeli Arabs, descendants of Palestinians who lived on their lands after the creation of Israel in 1948.
Ben-Gvir has also pushed for a controversial bill on the death penalty for those convicted of “terrorist” attacks that have claimed the lives of Israelis.
In his youth, he was indicted more than 50 times for inciting violence or hate speech. Today, one of the most prominent figures in Israeli politics, the father of six lives in a radical settlement in the West Bank and makes frequent appearances at sites of tension in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
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