The decision comes following public backing by ultra-conservative religious-Zionist Rabbi Tzvi Tau supporting minority govt backed externally by Raam Islamist party
Residents of east Jerusalem have not been able to use Rav Kav cards since the beginning of 2020 after then-transportation minister Bezalel Smotrich announced an expected year-long pause.
Religious Zionist Party leader Bezalel Smotrich criticized the removal of the barricades, saying that it was "succumbing to terror" and could end up encouraging further violence.
Smotrich's comments follow the barrage of rockets launched into Israel from the Gaza Strip last Saturday night, as well the ongoing violent riots in Jerusalem.
Had ideology been Smotrich's sole consideration, that could indeed have been praiseworthy. But there is plenty of politics involved as well.
Smotrich posted video comparing Monsour Abbas to PLO leader Yasser Arafat.
In Sa-Nur, Smotrich clarified that the only option was a government with Likud, Shas, UTJ, Yamina and New Hope. Then, he would demand the settlement be rebuilt.
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Smotrich’s odious utterings and implied threat wouldn’t have been appropriate at any time, let alone on the eve of a day that demands we remember man’s inhumanity.