Bezalel Smotrich

Israel-Gaza War, Simchat Torah Massacre
Half a year later: Government to establish committee to examine aid to October 7 victims

Finance Minister Betzalel Smotrich announced the founding of a public committee to examine the aid for victims of October 7: "It is the state's obligation to see to the security of its citizens."

Bentzi Rubin, JFeed Staff | 08.04.24

Israel-Gaza War, Politics

Channel 12 Poll: Gantz reaches low thirties, Netanyahu coalition recovering slightly

The poll also found neither Smotrich's nor Sa'ar's party passing the electoral threshold.

Avi Woolf | 07.04.24


Decision time for Gideon Sa'ar: Stay in or get out?

Political sources believe Gideon Sa'ar will make good on his promise to leave the government, after his demand to be made part of the war cabinet was rejected.

Bentzi Rubin, JFeed Staff | 24.03.24

Bezalel Smotrich, Israel-Gaza War

Smotrich: The General Staff was behind Oct. 7 disaster

Bezalel Smotrich strongly attacked the Chief of Staff's intentions of appointing new officers, claiming that he's the one responsible for the Hamas attack.

Eitan Divinsky, JFeed Staff | 18.03.24

Bezalel Smotrich, Judea and Samaria

Smotrich against the high command: "Captives to an outdated conception"

Minister Smotrich strongly opposes the decision to open the Git checkpoint near Nablus, which was closed since the beginning of the war after it was used by terrorist operatives.

Eitan Divinsky, JFeed Staff | 07.03.24

Voting Survey

Latest poll: Gantz stronger than ever, Smotrich still below voting threshold  

According to a "Ma'ariv" poll, the State Camp led by Benny Gantz continues to gain strength, while the Religious Zionism Party headed by Bezalel Smotrich remains below the voting threshold. 

JFeed Staff | 01.03.24

Elections poll

Survey: Ben Gvir 10 seats ahead of Smotrich 

The current coalition would end up getting just 44 seats to the opposition's 76 if elections were held today.

JFeed Staff | 24.02.24

Israel-Gaza War, Bezalel Smotrich

Smotrich lashes out at Lapid: You're guilty we have hostages in Gaza

During a debate in the Knesset, the Minister of Finance attacked Lapid, accusing him of Israeli hostages being taken to Gaza: "You're strengthening Sinwar."

Liran Vainshtain, JFeed Staff | 22.02.24

Israel-Gaza War, Bezalel Smotrich

Smotrich: Bringing the hostages home "not the most important thing in the war"

Smotrich told Binyamini and Guetta of Kan Reshet Bet that releasing the hostages wasn't "key" to winning the war and added: "Hamas needs to be destroyed. That is very important."

JFeed Staff | 22.02.24

Israel-Gaza War, 2-State Solution

Smotrich demands: Israel must not give an inch

Smotrich threatened that any unilateral steps towards the creation of a Palestinian state would result in Israel unilaterally cancelling the Oslo Accords and dissolving the Palestinian Authority.

Bentzi Rubin, JFeed Staff | 19.02.24

Israel News

Survey: Ben Gvir gaining steam, Smotrich may disappear from political map

According to a new survey, Otzma Yehudit leader Itamar Ben Gvir continues to grow stronger and is inching closer to Lapid.

JFeed Staff | 16.02.24

Gaza War, US Peace Plan

Government ministers react to American peace plan: "It won't happen!"

A large number of ministers and MKs have already come out strongly against the reported American plan to establish a Palestinian state after the release of hostages. 

Chani Edri, Liran Weinstein, JFeed Staff | 15.02.24

UNRWA, Betzalel Smotrich, Hamas

Smotrich Delays Grain Shipments to UNRWA, Americans Express Frustration

According to the Finance Minister, the refusal derives from a desire to not recognize UNRWA as a legitimate aid organization due to its ties with Hamas.

JFeed Staff | 13.02.24

Israel-Gaza War, IDF, Charedim

Smotrich: Charedi Brothers, We Need You!

The Finance Minister called on the Charedi public to do its part and participate in efforts to defend the country and secure it: "It's possible to combine Torah study and mitzvah observance along with military service at the front."

Bentzi Rubin, JFeed Staff | 08.02.24

Settlers, Joe Biden, Betzalel Smotrich

Smotrich Criticizes Biden Over Sanctions Against Settlers

During a statement to his party today, Finance Minister Betzalel Smotrich criticized the American administration's decision to sanction settlers and the decision of Israeli banks to cooperate with the sanctions by freezing accounts.

Avi Woolf, Jfeed Staff | 05.02.24

Israel-Gaza War, Settlers

Smotrich on Biden's Discussing Sanctioning Him and Ben Gvir: "I will work fearlessly"

Finance Minister Betzalel Smotrich called the Biden administration's considering sanctioning him and Minister Ben Gvir for involvement in settler violence an "immoral BDS campaign."

Bentzi Rubin, JFeed Staff | 01.02.24

Israel-Gaza War, Settlements

Smotrich: "The goal of the war is not strengthening of the settlements"

The Finance Minister made clear that the goal of the war is the elimination of Hamas and the return of the hostages.

JFeed Staff | 01.02.24

Israel-Gaza War, Betzalel Smotrich

Smotrich: It's Time to Tell the People the Truth

Finance Minister Betzalel Smotrich comes out against the idea of cutting a hostage deal at any cost: "The State of Israel will never agree to it since our responsibility is also to see to the well-being of 9 million Israeli citizens."

Bentzi Rubin, JFeed Staff | 22.01.24

Israel-Gaza War

Smotrich: "If we stop, there will be 136,000 murdered"

While waiting to meet with Defense Minister Gallant, representatives of families of hostages got into an argument with Finance MInister Smotrich, where he said: "If we stop and don't collapse Hamas - there will be 136,000 murdered."

Chani Edri, JFeed Staff | 21.01.24

Israel-Gaza War, Elections

Poll: Ben Gvir Catching Up With Lapid, Smotrich Struggling to Survive

Likud and Yesh Atid remain stuck in the mid-teens, while Ben Gvir is catching up and Smotrich hovers over the electoral threshold.

JFeed Staff | 19.01.24