A far-right Zionist wants to become defense minister in Israel – Opinion


Peter Munch

Now he’s where he’s wanted to be for a long time: He’s in control, he can make demands, and there’s hardly any upper limit. Firstly, Bezalel Smotrich, as head of the ultra-right Religious Zionists, made it to third place in Israel’s most recent elections with a sensational victory, which gives him a strong position in the coalition negotiations with Benjamin Netanyahu. And secondly, he sees himself, in all modesty, as an instrument of God. You can reach for the stars there. Smotrich grabbed the Department of Defense with a vengeance. In the end it will probably only be one size smaller. On Monday afternoon it was reported that he should now become finance minister.

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