Extremist lawmaker surges ahead of elections in Israel

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AP News: Israeli lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir calls his Arab colleagues “terrorists.” He wants to deport his political opponents, and in his youth, his views were so extreme that the army banned him from compulsory military service.

Yet today, the populist lawmaker who was once relegated to the margins of Israeli politics is surging ahead in the polls ahead of November elections. He has received the blessing of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and is poised to emerge as a major force that could propel the onetime premier back to power.

Ben-Gvir’s stunning rise is the culmination of years of efforts by the media-savvy lawmaker to gain legitimacy. But it also reflects a rightward shift in the Israeli electorate that has brought his religious, ultranationalist ideology into the mainstream and all but extinguished hopes for Palestinian independence.

“Over the last year I’ve been on a mission to save Israel,” Ben-Gvir recently told reporters. “Millions of citizens are waiting for a real right-wing government. The time has come to give them one.” Read More …

Opinion: November 2022 promises to be an interesting month: On November 1, Israel will try to elect a Prime Minister and on November 8, the US will decide who controls the Congress.

The left will paint Itamar Ben-Givr as an extremist:

Article: Ben-Gvir, 46, has been a fixture of Israel’s extreme right for more than two decades, gaining notoriety in his youth as a disciple of the late radical rabbi, Meir Kahane. He first became a national figure when he famously broke a hood ornament off then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s car in 1995.

“We got to his car, and we’ll get to him too,” he said, just weeks before Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish extremist opposed to his peace efforts with the Palestinians.

Kahane’s violent anti-Arab ideology — which included calls to ban Jewish-Arab intermarriage and for the mass expulsion of Palestinians — was considered so repugnant that Israel banned him from parliament and the U.S. listed his party as a terrorist group. Kahane himself was assassinated by an Arab assailant in New York in 1990.

I can’t help but connect Kahane and Ben-Gvir with two other radicals:

Moses: In Deuteronomy 7:1-4 Moses warned the Jews when they came into the Promised Land to “conquer and utterly destroy the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. “You shall make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, for they will turn your children away from following me to serve other gods, and the Lord’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you.”

Ezra: Ezra 9 records that the returning Jews (From Babylon) indeed married the Canaanites, the same tribe that was recorded in Genesis 36:2 “Esau took his wives from the women of Canaan.” And they married the Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians and Amorites.

Ezra, distraught for this violation of God’s commands, prayed to the God of Israel and made a covenant to send the pagan wives and children away. However, the bloodline of Esau was already in the children of these unlawful marriages and spread throughout Judea. God meant for the Jews to be a separate and holy people chosen from all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession. (Excerpt: Antichrist: The Search for Amalek)

“For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.” Numbers 23:9

Itamar Ben-Gvir may or may not know it but the God of Israel has plan to remedy the unlawful marriages. It is called the 7 year tribulation when a remnant of Jacob, will come to know their Messiah through the power of the Holy Spirit:

“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:

“The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
27 For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.” Romans 11:25-27