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Smotrich:

'The defense system is abandoning the hostages again'

Minister Smotrich reiterates his concern about the current deal: "The senior officials of the defense system fully admit that the discussed deal abandons most of the hostages."

'The defense system is abandoning the hostages again'

Smotrich criticized officers:

'Stop talking and preaching, keep fighting and killing'

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich claimed today that IDF leadership is overly involved in politics and not enough in winning the war.

'Stop talking and preaching, keep fighting and killing'

'Attack on Israel's sovereignty'

Smotrich responds to reports of US sanctions against him

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich warned that US sanctions against him and fellow Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir would have severe consequences for Israel-US relations.

Smotrich responds to reports of US sanctions against him

Report:

US weighing sanctions against two Israeli ministers

Three US officials say the Biden administration is weighing sanctions against Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir.

US weighing sanctions against two Israeli ministers

Smotrich to Chief of Staff:

Withdraw Be'eri report and stop other investigations

Minister Smotrich tells Chiefof Staff Herzi Halevi: 'No brilliance in conducting investigations against soldiers while the officers are not investigating their own performance.'

Withdraw Be'eri report and stop other investigations

Smotrich:

'The best tool for fighting cost of living'

'What is good for Europe is good for Israel' is a reform strategy to open markets for import of any product on a fast track with minimum regulation and bureaucracy, Finance Minister Smotrich says.

'The best tool for fighting cost of living'

Finance Minister:

India-Israel cooperation has 'enormous potential'

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich meets representatives of leading Indian infrastructure companies, stressing Israel's economic resilience and fiscal responsibility.

India-Israel cooperation has 'enormous potential'

Smotrich on prisoner swap:

Isn't it time to start listening to us?

Journalist asks Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich why the public should listen to his warnings about a potential prisoner swap deal, instead of to the other side. Smotrich: 'Because for 30 years, what I've said has turned out to be correct.'

Isn't it time to start listening to us?

Smotrich:

Hostage deal would mean defeat for Israel, victory for Sinwar

Finance Minister says if Israel accepts the current hostage deal proposal, it will sentence 90 hostages to death and facilitate the next Hamas massacre.

Hostage deal would mean defeat for Israel, victory for Sinwar

Lapid:

'Opposition will give 'safety net' for hostage deal'

Opposition leader Yair Lapid has declared that his party will support a prisoner exchange agreement even if it means preserving the coalition.

'Opposition will give 'safety net' for hostage deal'

Death threats against Minister Smotrich circulating online

Threats against the Finance Minister come after he called to fight terror in Tulkarm.

Death threats against Minister Smotrich circulating online

Smotrich:

'The security concept must change, Tulkarm must turn into rubble'

Finance Minister meets heads of the local authorities of the Seam Zone, hears their concerns over the intensification of terrorism near the fence.

'The security concept must change, Tulkarm must turn into rubble'

'Thwarting a Palestinian state'

Planning Committee approves thousands of new homes

The Planning Committee is expected to approve over 5,300 new housing units in Judea and Samaria. Another 500 units will be approved to go on market.

Planning Committee approves thousands of new homes

Harsh scenes from Oz Zion:

Military Police fired gas grenades into family home

Security forces fired gas grenades directly into a family home in Oz Zion. Two children suffered from shortness of breath and needed medical treatment.

Military Police fired gas grenades into family home

Smotrich in Sderot:

'I will not be surprised if Sinwar agrees to a deal'

Minister of Finance during a visit to Sderot: History will not forgive those who stop the war at this stage.

'I will not be surprised if Sinwar agrees to a deal'

Smotrich:

'A new town for every country that recognizes a PA state'

The Finance Minister criticized the release of the Shifaa Hospital director and said that he demanded of the Prime Minister to investigate the decision so that a similar situation would not occur in the future.

'A new town for every country that recognizes a PA state'

Smotrich to Chief of Staff:

I don't want to tell you who was sleeping on October 6th

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich slams IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi; refuses to backtrack. Defense Minister: 'I won't accept ministers attacking the IDF.'

I don't want to tell you who was sleeping on October 6th

Cabinet approves:

Sanctions against PA, regulation of five communities

Cabinet approves Smotrich's measures to combat the recognition of a Palestinian state and proceedings against Israel. They include sanctions against the PA, promotion of construction and other measures.

Sanctions against PA, regulation of five communities

Political commentator:

Smotrich warned IDF is prevented from eliminating all terrorists

Publicist Amit Segal disclosed that two months ago Minister Bezalel Smotrich warned cabinet members about the legal directive preventing Israel from eliminating all 10/7 terrorists.

Smotrich warned IDF is  prevented from eliminating all terrorists

Smotrich:

'Do not consume the poisonous lies of the media'

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich wrote an open letter today calling on citizens to reject the mainstream media narrative. 'I call on you, citizens of Israel, not to consume the poisonous lies of the Israeli media.'

'Do not consume the poisonous lies of the media'

MK Gadi Eisenkot:

'It's no secret that Itamar and Bezalel have a lot of influence'

MK Gadi Eisenkot criticizes the government, says ministers Smotrich and Ben Gvir significantly influence the decision-making.

'It's no secret that Itamar and Bezalel have a lot of influence'

Poll:

10 seats to Ben-Gvir, five to Smotrich

Poll finds that a right-wing party led by Avigdor Liberman, former Mossad Director Yossi Cohen, Naftali Bennet, and Gideon Sa'ar would win 34 seats.

10 seats to Ben-Gvir, five to Smotrich

New York Times:

'Smotrich is changing the DNA of Judea and Samaria'

The American newspaper claims that Minister Bezalel Smotrich is changing the state of Israeli control in Judea and Samaria without the application of formal sovereignty.

'Smotrich is changing the DNA of Judea and Samaria'

'Netanyahu is with us full on'

Smotrich outlines plan for control of Judea and Samaria

In recording published by The New York Times, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich heard outlining plan for civil control of Judea and Samaria.

Smotrich outlines plan for control of Judea and Samaria

Cabinet discusses:

Punitive measures Smotrich promoted against the Palestinians

Cabinet ministers discuss series of punitive measures against PA, following its attempt to obtain unilateral recognition. The measures will be voted upon at the next Cabinet meeting.

Punitive measures Smotrich promoted against the Palestinians

Report:

Blinken pressed Netanyahu to release frozen PA tax revenues

The Biden administration is furious with Finance Minister Smotrich's decision to freeze tax revenues collected for the Palestinian Authority.

Blinken pressed Netanyahu to release frozen PA tax revenues

Smotrich redirects Palestinian Authority funds to terror victims

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich orders 130 million NIS of Palestinian Authority tax funds to be redirected to benefit families of terror victims.

Smotrich redirects Palestinian Authority funds to terror victims

Smotrich:

We blocked Gantz's plan to establish a Palestinian state

'The responsibility for the misconception that led to the massacre and the failures in the management of the war belongs to Gantz and Eizenkot.'

We blocked Gantz's plan to establish a Palestinian state

Minister Bezalel Smotrich:

‘Developing Jewish communities will prevent terror’

Minister of Finance and Minister in the Ministry of Defense, Bezalel Smotrich: ‘Focusing on broad structural processes that will lead to the development of the Jewish communities.’

‘Developing Jewish communities will prevent terror’

Bezalel Smotrich:

'Our heroic soldiers are destroying Hamas and will conquer Gaza'

The Finance Minister promised the return of Jewish civilian life in the Gaza Strip, claiming the government intends for there to be long-term Israeli military control over the area, 'There is no precedent for military control without civilian presence.'

'Our heroic soldiers are destroying Hamas and will conquer Gaza'

Watch:

Minister Smotrich drumming during Flag March in Jerusalem

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich takes part in the Flag Dance, dances with participants and even joins one of the bands that performed at the event.

Minister Smotrich drumming during Flag March in Jerusalem

Security forces destroy homes near memorial to fallen soldier

Security forces began to demolish buildings in Havat Yair built near a lookout dedicated to the memory of Motti Shamir, who fell in defense of Re'im on October 7th.

Security forces destroy homes near memorial to fallen soldier

Israeli security sources:

Smotrich using his office to bring down the Palestinian Authority

'With a command echelon who grew up on the knees of the Oslo Accords, and simply refuses to wake up, we can never win,' Finance Min. Smotrich accuses.

Smotrich using his office to bring down the Palestinian Authority

Smotrich:

'The new concept is exploding in our faces'

Finance Minister comments on the fires that are raging in the north: A year ago there was a defense minister who said we would return Lebanon to the Stone Age. The time has come.

'The new concept is exploding in our faces'

Ben Gvir and Smotrich threaten:

'We won't be part of a government that agrees to Biden outline'

The right blasts the hostage release deal presented by the US President. Ministers Smotrich and Ben Gvir to Netanyahu: We will disband the government if the outline is approved.

'We won't be part of a government that agrees to Biden outline'

Smotrich:

'Israel must go to war in Judea and Samaria'

Smotrich visits town of Bat Hefer: 'Anyone who talks about establishing a Palestinian state abandons the residents of Sharon and central Israel to death and endangers the existence of the State.'

'Israel must go to war in Judea and Samaria'

Honoring war widows and orphans:

At the Knesset: Tribute to the bereaved of the Swords of Iron War

MK Limor Sonn Har Melech, widowed in a terror attack in the past, joined the OneFamily Organization to sponsor an event at the Knesset in honor of the newly widowed and orphaned of the current war.

At the Knesset: Tribute to the bereaved of the Swords of Iron War

Smotrich:

Fake news from the Ministry of Defense

In the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Defense has been issuing publications against the Minister of Finance, claiming that he is stopping the purchase of new ammunition for the IDF.

Fake news from the Ministry of Defense

After ICC decision:

Smotrich demands appropriate Zionist response' against PA

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich demands Prime Minister Netanyahu take immediate measures against the PA for its activities against Israel.

Smotrich demands appropriate Zionist response' against PA

Smotrich vs. Gantz:

Irresponsible, bordering on criminal

Minister Bezalel Smotrich responds to Benny Gantz’s ultimatum to the Unity War Government.

Irresponsible, bordering on criminal

Illegal Arab building near Efrat demolished

In recent weeks, demolitions of illegal structures in Judea and Samaria have increased led by Minister Bezalel Smotrich.

Illegal Arab building near Efrat demolished

Israel's proposal to the PA for the Rafah crossing

The Palestinian Authority rejected an Israeli proposal to manage the Rafah crossing, among other reasons, due to the imposition of conditions and the freezing of funds by Minister Bezalel Smotrich.

Israel's proposal to the PA for the Rafah crossing

Cabinet meeting

Ministers mocked Ben-Gvir's tweet, Netanyahu laughed

Ministers mocked Ben-Gvir's post in which he attacked President Biden. Ben-Gvir: 'There should be more Tweets like that, I expect you all to join me.'

Ministers mocked Ben-Gvir's tweet, Netanyahu laughed

MK Sukkot:

Billions for home defense? 'The problem will worsen'

MK Tzvi Sukkot claimed that channeling billions into the defense of homes in the cities of the north will only exacerbate the security problem.

Billions for home defense? 'The problem will worsen'

Finance Min. Smotrich:

We must eliminate Hamas - and this involves conquering Rafah

'We must maintain our unity at all costs. That is the only way that we will be able to effectively defeat our enemies and withstand the international pressure to end the war and suffer defeat.' Op-ed.

We must eliminate Hamas - and this involves conquering Rafah

Finance Min. to PM:

Don't block plan to lower cost of living in Israel

Finance Min. Smotrich pens letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu, demanding PM keep agreement to use confiscated terror funds to lower cost of living for Israelis.

Don't block plan to lower cost of living in Israel

Yeshiva students' children to lose daycare subsidies?

Finance Ministry proposes list of economic sanctions worth hundreds of millions of shekels, in effort to force haredi yeshiva students to enlist in the IDF.

Yeshiva students' children to lose daycare subsidies?

Smotrich to Netanyahu:

Government freezing construction permits in Judea, Samaria

De facto freeze on construction in Judea and Samaria 'unacceptable,' offers prize to October 7 terrorists, Minister Bezalel Smotrich argues.

Government freezing construction permits in Judea, Samaria

Poll: Smotrich gaining strength, Sa’ar losing support

The Religious Zionism party is continuing to grow stronger. Gideon Sa'ar's party is weakening and does not pass the electoral threshold. Ben Gvir increases to ten seats.

Poll: Smotrich gaining strength, Sa’ar losing support

Finance Minister:

'Accepting deal is accepting Sinwar's plan for Hamas victory'

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich commented on the proposed deal for the release of the hostages and said that it was ‘Yahya Sinwar’s plan for victory.’

'Accepting deal is accepting Sinwar's plan for Hamas victory'

Minister Smotrich to PM:

'Egyptian deal humiliating surrender and existential danger'

Minister Bezalel Smotrich attacks the Egyptian outline for a deal to release the hostages in exchange for a ceasefire that would prevent Israeli military entry into Rafah.

'Egyptian deal humiliating surrender and existential danger'

Smotrich vs. Gallant:

'Defense Minister is delaying operation in Judea and Samaria'

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich claims that numerous processes to seize land in Judea and Samaria are waiting only for the Defense Minister's signature.

'Defense Minister is delaying operation in Judea and Samaria'

Smotrich: No exchanging hostages for ceasefire

The head of intelligence suggested including no entry to Rafah and promoting steps towards a Palestinian state in exchange for the release of the captives. Minister Smotrich rejected the idea as a dangerous proposal.

Smotrich: No exchanging hostages for ceasefire

Poll:

Religious Zionists to receive 7 seats if election was today

The poll found that if a new center-right party, led by fmr. PM Bennett, Fmr. Mossad Chief Cohen and MK Sa'ar were formed it would receive 32 seats.

Religious Zionists to receive 7 seats if election was today

Under the radar:

Israel's government begins normalizing 68 towns in Judea, Samaria

Min. Smotrich hands government offices a document requesting to advance normalization of 68 communities in Judea and Samaria.

Israel's government begins normalizing 68 towns in Judea, Samaria

Former Defense Minister:

'Smotrich, Ben Gvir and Sinwar have the same interests'

Former Defense Minister attacked ministers Smotrich and Ben Gvir, saying that, 'The two have the same interest as Yahya Sinwar and that is starting a war of Gog and Magog.'

'Smotrich, Ben Gvir and Sinwar have the same interests'

Huge victory for Ad Kan:

Igatha 48 to be shut down due to suspicion of financing terror

Igatha 48 was notified and given an opportunity to respond to concern of its collaboration with terrorist organizations. Minister Bezalel Smotrich: We warned of UAL’s connection to the nonprofit.

Igatha 48 to be shut down due to suspicion of financing terror

Ministers Smotrich and Ben Gvir demand retaliation against Iran

Minister Ben Gvir called for a strong response to Iran’s attack: 'The concept of proportionality passed from the world on October 7th. In order to create deterrence in the Middle East – we must initiate a full-blown response.'

Ministers Smotrich and Ben Gvir demand retaliation against Iran

Min. Smotrich preventing uprooting of trees in Jewish town

Regulation Administration, founded by Min. Smotrich, preventing trees in Nokdim from being uprooted; IDF Chief of Staff orders project to wait.

Min. Smotrich preventing uprooting of trees in Jewish town

Smotrich:

'Sinwar senses weakness, only pressure will return hostages'

Finance Minister claims that the only way to defeat Hamas is to keep hitting it and thus increase the pressure to return the hostages.

'Sinwar senses weakness, only pressure will return hostages'