Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir that the illegal Bedouin outpost Khan Al-Ahmar would be evicted before submitting the State's request to the Supreme Court to postpone giving its response on the issue of the illegal outpost.
Sources close to Netanyahu say that the reasons for the State's request to postpone giving its response are the visit by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Israel earlier with week and the start of the Muslim month of Ramadan.
Kan 11 reported that the heads of the coalition parties were promised that a meeting would be held with them before the State's response would be submitted. And the Prime Minister even undertook to form a team of ministers that would include Ben-Gvir, Minister Bezalel Smotrich, and several Likud ministers. However, no meeting was held.
Before the request was submitted, only Netanyahu's chief of staff, Tzachi Braverman, met separately with Ben-Gvrir, Smotrich, and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.
The State on Wednesday asked for a four-month extension to submit its response. If the court grants its request, the State would have until June 1 to submit its response on the issue of Khan al-Ahmar.
Opposition MKs rushed to criticize the government after the State asked for its ninth delay in submitting its response to the Supreme Court on the issue of the illegal Bedouin outpost Khan al-Ahmar.
MK Ze'ev Elkin (National Unity party) responded: "A fully right-wing government? Really? It still hasn't decided what it wants to do with Khan al-Ahmar and needs time? And this is in the face of a petition that at the time Smotrich promoted on behalf of the Regavim movement. There must be serious concern over possible infiltration by the Muslim Brotherhood into the current coalition - how else can this be explained? Are Smotrich and Ben-Gvir still in the government?"
Former minister and Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman wrote: "Where is the governance? There cannot be one law for the Jews and another law for the Arabs." He turned to ministers Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir and wrote: "Are you awake?"
Yisrael Beytenu MK Oded Forer said: "I had no expectations of Netanyahu. He already stopped the tractors in the field, after Lieerman gave the evacuation order. But where is the minister in the Ministry of Defense who demanded powers over Judea and Samaria, precisely for these cases? Where is the Minister of National Security? Does Settlement Minister Orit Strock know that she bears joint responsibility for the development of the Palestinian settlements?''