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Ben-Gvir Is a Bigger Threat to Israeli Society Than Kahane Ever Was

While Meir Kahane was a revolutionary, his disciple Itamar Ben-Gvir wants to transform the state, not overthrow it. Therein lies the real danger

Shaul Magid
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The rise of Itamar Ben-Gvir in political and public life may thus far be the only real standout issue in an otherwise dormant campaign landscape. Only recently he headed a small and inconsequential far-right party, but after its recent decision to again align with Religious Zionism for electoral purposes, Otzma Yehudit could, say polls, capture up to 12 seats, and serve as the linchpin of a new Netanyahu government. It is far from provocative to say that Ben-Gvir is one of the most talked-about figures in Israeli politics today.

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