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Former Israeli PM admits responsibility for synagogue shooting to Ben Guvir

Palestinian gunmen killed seven people near a synagogue in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday.

Former Prime Minister Yair Lapid accuses Israel’s security minister of ‘living on TikTok’. (Menahem Kahana/Pool/AP Archives)

Former Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid has held National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gubir responsible for the shooting attack that killed at least seven Israelis near a synagogue in occupied East Jerusalem.

“You have a responsibility, instead of spending all day looking for someone to be responsible,” Rapid told local Ynet radio.

“This guy doesn’t know how to make anything, he lives on TikTok [mobile application] We will look for someone to take responsibility,” Rapid added.

Opposition leaders have also accused Ben Gubir of failing to fulfill his duties as national security minister.

The charges came after seven Israeli settlers were shot dead near the synagogue of the Neve Yaakov settlement in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday night.

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On Saturday, Ben-Gvir accused Israeli Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara of delaying ordering the closure of the Palestinian attacker’s home.

Israeli settlers verbally attacked Ben Gubir, who visited the scene of the attack on Friday.

A video released by the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper shows the far-right minister being escorted by police during an altercation with settlers.

Ben-Gvir sparked a storm of Palestinian outrage on 3 January. Amid alarming warnings, he is when he visits the Al Aqsa Mosque compound of a flashpoint in occupied East Jerusalem.

Ben-Gvir has far-right views on Palestinians and calls for their eviction. He repeatedly joined illegal Israeli settlers in raids on the al-Aqsa mosque complex in occupied East Jerusalem.

In November, Israeli President Isaac Herzog warned in leaked audio that “the whole world is worried” about Ben Gubir’s far-right views.

On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected Ben Gubir’s request to allow illegal settlers to organize “provocative” flag marches in occupied East Jerusalem.

Friday’s synagogue attack came a day after an Israeli army raid on the occupied West Bank city of Jenin killed nine Palestinians and injured dozens.

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Palestine condemns Israeli punitive measures after Jerusalem attack

Meanwhile, Palestine has condemned Israel’s collective punitive measures against Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem.

On Saturday, the Israeli government announced measures aimed at speeding up gun licensing for illegal settlers and closing Palestinian homes implicated in attacks against Israelis.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also said his government would take steps to deprive families of Palestinian attackers from national insurance and other family benefits.

In a statement on Sunday, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs described Israel’s measures as “a grave violation of international law, the Geneva Conventions and collective punishment, affecting the presence of Palestinians in Jerusalem and emptying Israel.” It is an extension of Israel’s policy aimed at Indigenous people. “

The ministry called on the international community to intervene to end Israel’s punitive measures against Palestinians.

At least nine Palestinians were killed and dozens injured in an Israeli military raid on Thursday in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War. The entire city was annexed in 1980, but the move was not recognized by the international community.

Source: TRTWorld and institutions

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