Reports Of Weapons Delivery To Palestine Spark Another Government Crisis
A day after the beginning of a historic High Court case in Israel, the governing coalition plunged into another internal crisis, with far-right ministers taken aback by reports suggesting that Prime Minister Netanyahu approved the transfer of weapons and armoured vehicles from the US to the Palestinian Authority.
- Finance Minister Smotrich and National Security Minister Ben Gvir accused the Premier of plotting to establish a new government with Benny Gantz's National Unity and scheduled urgent meetings of their factions to discuss further steps.
- Ben Gvir's Otzma Yehudit party had been already planning to meet on Wednesday after Netanyahu rejected the National Security Minister's request to give imprisoned terrorists worse conditions than they have at the moment.
- Netanyahu deflected blame to the Bennett-Lapid government, noting that he merely complied with the decision made by the previous administration to approve a replacement of some old Palestinian armoured vehicles.
- A spokespersom for the Palestinian Authority's security services said that "there's no truth in what is reported by some of the media and the press that the Palestinian Authority received weapons and equipment through Israel."
- However, the Palestinian Authority failed to address suggestions that it has received the equipment through Jordan and with Israel's consent in order to reassert control over parts of the West Bank which have seen flare-ups in terrorist activity.