Rightwing sources sharply criticized Prime Minister and Likud-party Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu, Tuesday morning, following reports that Chairwoman Tzipi Livni of the Hatenu'ah party was close to signing an agreement that would put her party in the coalition and make her justice minister. The sources noted that the post was the fourth most important in the cabinet, and accused Livni of using the ministry in a bulldozing manner during the government's uprooting of Jews from Gaza and northern Samaria (Shomorn) in 2005.
The sources told Arutz Sheva, "Members of Knesset in the nationalist branch of the Likud must make it clear to the prime minister that Likud voters did not vote for Netanyahu in order to get Livni, who made it clear on every sign that he was a disaster for Israel." They said it was not too late to put aside the rhetoric against Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) and the rabbis and form a government that is appropriate for the spirit of the Likud. They also noted that Hatenu'ah got only half as many votes as Habayit Hayehudi.