Otzma Yehudit leader Itamar Ben-Gvir has sealed his decision to stay in the election campaign as he made conditions for dropping out that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is not expected to meet.
Ben-Gvir, who has been under great pressure from Netanyahu and his right-wing bloc to withdraw a futile candidacy that will only waste right-wing votes, said at a press conference on Tuesday evening that he would only do so if the prime minister agrees to the following conditions:
Cancelling the Oslo Accord and declaring that a Palestinian state would not be established; stopping “protection payments” to Hamas; banning mixed-gender prayer at the Kosel; reforms in the appointment of judges; ending the Jordanian custodianship over Har Habayis, and more.
Netanyahu has urged the far-right list not to run, citing polls showing it won’t clear the electoral threshold, resulting in a loss of probably two seats for the right-wing.
According to media reports on Tuesday, Netanyahu had said privately that he had given up trying to persuade Ben-Gvir to withdraw from the race.