Gaza Terrorists Threaten Ben Gvir’s Life

By Hamodia Staff

Head of Otzma Yehudit MK Itamar Ben Gvir addressing a meeting of the party at the Knesset, Monday. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

YERUSHALAYIM — The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group in Gaza issued a threat on Monday to assassinate Itamar Ben Gvir, the presumptive public security minister.

The PIJ spokesman in Yehuda and Shomron, Tarek Ezz El-Din, predicted that Ben-Gvir’s fate “would be the same as Rehavam Ze’evi, the proponent of transfer,” according to media reports.

Ben Gvir has said that he only seeks the expulsion of Arabs who support terrorism and pose a threat to national security.

Ze’evi, also a right-wing MK, who was serving as Israel’s Tourism Minister at the time, was assassinated by terrorists from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in October 2001.

Ben Gvir responded, saying that the “threats of a terror organization won’t deter me. We are determined to restore security to Israel,” and called for the immediate establishment of a right-wing government so that “we can crush the Islamic Jihad.”

The PIJ threat followed Ben Gvir’s refusal on Sunday to confirm or deny whether he would act to change the status quo for Jews visiting Har Habayis.

When asked about it, he told Kan Radio that he would act to end the “racist policy” that “discriminates against Jews,” but declined to specify further.

Jewish Israelis are currently only allowed to visit the holy site four hours a day, five days a week.

Gedolei haposkim have declared that it is prohibited to enter the Har Habayis.

Israeli officials have repeatedly denied any intention to alter the status quo, despite allegations by the Palestinians and Jordan that they are doing so.

Any such change in the official policy would undoubtedly provoke riots and violence.

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