Ben Gvir publishes a speech in praise of Kahane: “He was in love with Israel”

Far-right Otzma Yehudit leader Itamar Ben Gvir released the speech he was due to deliver at an event on Thursday evening to mark the 32nd anniversary of the assassination of Meir Kahane.

Ben Gvir leaked the speech to the media after posting it online, by mistake.

In this speech, Ben Gvir thanks Kahane, who was expelled from the Knesset for racism, for having founded a yeshiva which allowed him to return to religion and where he studied the precepts of the latter.

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Ben Gvir, who is vying for the post of interior security minister, in charge of police, in the next government, distanced himself from some of Kahane’s teachings, but said he remained an inspiration .

“It is no secret that today I am not Rabbi Kahane and I do not support the expulsion of all Arabs, and I will not enact laws for separate beaches, even if there is no doubt that we will take action and do everything to expel the terrorists from the country in the name of the Jewish character of Israel, for the settlements and their Jewish identity,” Ben Gvir said.

“But for me, Rabbi Kahane’s forte was love. Love of Israel without compromise, without any other consideration,” he added.

Meir Kahane addresses a rally at the Jewish Center in Silver Springs, Maryland, October 27, 1988. (Doug Mills/AP)

Kahane was openly against the coexistence of Jews with Arabs, calling the latter a “cancer” who he said should be expelled from the State of Israel. He was elected to the Knesset in 1984, but Knesset members of all stripes walked out of the room whenever Kahane spoke. His party, the Kach, was subsequently banned by the Knesset on grounds of racism, which prevented him from running in the 1988 elections. He was assassinated in 1990 in New York by an American of Egyptian origin.

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Ben Gvir publishes a speech in praise of Kahane: “He was in love with Israel”