Israeli Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir Injured in Car Accident After Visiting Stabbing Scene

Controversial Israeli minister Ben-Gvir injured in car accident after praising civilian who shot stabbing suspect, highlighting tensions in the region.

Nimrah Khatoon
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Israeli Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir Injured in Car Accident After Visiting Stabbing Scene

Israeli Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir Injured in Car Accident After Visiting Stabbing Scene

Itamar Ben-Gvir, Israel's far-right National Security Minister, was slightly injured in a car accident on Friday after visiting the scene of a stabbing incident in Ramle, where a 19-year-old woman was seriously injured by a man with reported mental health issues. The man was then shot and killed by a civilian.

According to police, the stabbing incident was carried out by a 21-year-old man who stabbed the 19-year-old woman, leaving her in serious condition. The suspect was shot and 'neutralized' by a civilian while attempting to flee the scene. Two other people were also injured in the incident.

Ben-Gvir, a supporter of civilians carrying weapons, spoke at the scene and praised the civilian who eliminated the terrorist, saying it "saved lives." After leaving the scene, Ben-Gvir's vehicle was involved in an accident and overturned. Footage on social media shows Ben-Gvir being tended to by paramedics on the road.

The minister's office has stated that Ben-Gvir feels good, is conscious, and will continue to receive medical treatment at Assaf HaRofeh Hospital. He was hospitalized in mild to moderate condition along with his daughter, one of his bodyguards, and the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident.

A witness stated that Ben-Gvir's car had proceeded against a red light, and a car with a green light hit it. The Central District traffic inspectors have launched an investigation into the highway incident. This is not the first time Ben-Gvir has been involved in a car accident while in his official vehicle, as a similar incident occurred in Jerusalem last August.

Why this matters: The incident highlights the ongoing tensions and violence in Israel, as well as the controversial role of far-right politicians like Ben-Gvir, who has advocated for a hardline stance against Palestinians and the expansion of Jewish settlements.

In response to the stabbing attack, Ben-Gvir reiterated his support for civilians carrying weapons, stating that "weapons save lives." The incident is part of a series of deadly knife attacks across Israel and the occupied West Bank in recent years. As the national security minister, Ben-Gvir's involvement and response to such incidents are closely watched and have significant implications for Israel's security policies and relations with the Palestinians.

Key Takeaways

  • Israeli far-right minister Ben-Gvir slightly injured in car accident after visiting stabbing scene.
  • Civilian shot and killed a 21-year-old man who stabbed a 19-year-old woman in Ramle, Israel.
  • Ben-Gvir praised the civilian who eliminated the 'terrorist', saying it saved lives.
  • Ben-Gvir's car involved in accident after leaving the scene, with him and others hospitalized.
  • Incident highlights ongoing tensions and Ben-Gvir's controversial stance on civilians carrying weapons.