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Smotrich and Ben Gvir Threaten Government Dissolution Over Biden's Truce Proposal

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Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir threaten to dissolve the Israeli government over President Biden's truce proposal, hinting at potential counterattacks if demands are not met.

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Tensions are escalating in Israeli politics following a meeting held on Sunday between Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and prominent religious Zionist rabbis. The talks centered around a proposed deal to secure the release of hostages, presented last Friday by US President Joe Biden. Smotrich, who also leads the radical right-wing faction in Israel, received stark warnings from the rabbis. They asserted that if any "dangerous deal" moved forward, Smotrich's party should consider pulling out of the government immediately.

The meeting, as reported by Michael Shemesh on Kan 11, featured significant religious figures including Rabbi Yehoshua Shapira, Rabbi Dodi Dudkewitz, Rabbi Hananal Atrog, Rabbi Shimon Cohen, and Rabbi Haim Gantz. These rabbis have been vehement opponents of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government coalition, especially if it involves support from Arab parties. They reiterated their stance that Smotrich must resist any deal "to the end."

Counterattack Threats to Hezbollah

In another layer of complexity, Smotrich indicated that failure by the Hezbollah group to meet Israeli demands could necessitate a counterattack into deep Lebanese territory. This aggressive posture underscores the fragile nature of the current geopolitical landscape and the intricate dynamics at play.

Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir echoed similar sentiments. Echoing Smotrich, he warned that his party would also "dissolve the government" if the truce proposal by Biden is accepted. Netanyahu initially urged patience, advising against hasty decisions, but the tension remains palpable.

  • This situation reflects ongoing friction within Israel's political factions, which have shown deep-seated divisions on how to handle both domestic and international conflicts. Should the situation escalate, it may not only challenge the current governmental structure but also impact Israel's diplomatic relations.
  • The details of Biden's proposed deal and the potential repercussions of a government dissolution remain to be seen. However, the scenario highlights the delicate balance of power and the significant stakes involved for all parties.
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