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Ben Gvir accuses AG of holding him ‘by the throat’ over pending 2021 case

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Attorney general has yet to decide whether to charge now-minister over incident two years ago in which he waved his gun threateningly during a parking lot argument in Tel Aviv

Amy Spiro is a reporter and writer with The Times of Israel

The Times of Israel is liveblogging Sunday’s events as they unfold.

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“It is unbelievable that there is even a discussion whether or not the government will comply or not with a High Court ruling,” Lapid adds.

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Ben Gvir accuses AG of attempting to hold him ‘by the throat’ over pending 2021 case

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir accuses Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara of attempting to personally intimidate him.

Baharav-Miara has yet to decide where to proceed with a case against Ben Gvir over an incident in late 2021 — when he was a member of Knesset — in which he waved his weapon around during an argument with Arab security guards in a parking lot in Tel Aviv.

In a letter to the High Court responding to Baharav-Miara’s request to delay her filing a position, Ben Gvir dismisses her “weak arguments” about a heavy workload and need for additional advisory time as an excuse to drag things out.

Such excuses, his attorney writes, “are nothing but a way for [Baharav-Miara] to hold [Ben Gvir] by the throat and to terrorize him for his entire term as minister.”

Many members of the current government, including Ben Gvir, have lobbed harsh attacks against Baharav-Miara in recent months, accusing her of serving the opposition and not doing her job, and several have called for her to be fired.