Netanyahu government ministers angry over Israeli banks' compliance with sanctions against settlers

Israeli banks said on Monday they remain committed to US sanctions imposed on four West Bank settlers accused of acts of violence against Palestinians in the West Bank, despite calls from Israel's finance minister and national security minister that they Are not complying with it. restrictions.

Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir – in a post on the X platform – described restricting settlers' bank accounts as crossing a red line that should not be allowed.

Ben Gvir said that the CEOs of the banks are implementing instructions from external parties, in the context of the United States' announcement of sanctions on 4 settlers in the West Bank, calling on the responsible authorities to take immediate action to restore the closed bank accounts. Has been called for.

The Israeli National Security Minister said that he values ​​allies greatly, but none of them should be allowed to run the State of Israel.

In turn, Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich said today that the sanctions imposed by the US administration on 4 settlers are directed against Israel as a whole.

“Today against 4 citizens, tomorrow against half a million residents and two days later against the entire country,” Smotrich said in a tweet on the X platform.

The leader of the far-right “Religious Zionism” party added, “We will not stand aside in the face of this injustice.”

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Last Thursday, Smotrich promised to continue and strengthen settlements after US President Joe Biden signed a new executive order imposing sanctions on Israeli settlers attacking Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. Permission was granted, plus 4 of them were blacklisted.

Two senior Biden administration officials, who spoke to the media, said on condition of anonymity, “The new executive order signed by Biden allows four Israeli residents (whose names or positions were not mentioned) to access the US financial system. Prevents from. and seizes any property they have in the United States, and prevents them from entering the country.

According to the same source, US citizens are also prohibited from dealing with them (financing them or contributing money to them).

The measures come as settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank has escalated for months, amid Israeli aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Israeli “Peace Now” movement estimates that more than 700,000 settlers live in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

The United Nations and most of the international community consider Israeli settlement in territories occupied in 1967 illegal and Israel demands it be stopped, but warns that it undermines the prospects for resolving the conflict according to the two principles. State solution.

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