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Netanyahu Defends Likud 'Feinshmekers'

Responding to Foreign Minister's accusations of weakness, Prime Minister tells Avigdor Liberman Likud is not a 'dictatorship of one opinion.'
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/11/2011, 8:40 AM / Last Update: 1/11/2011, 8:36 AM

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke to Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on the phone Monday and reportedly protested over Lieberman's accusations of ideological weakness in the Likud. Liberman used the Yiddish word 'feinshmeker' - which describes a snobbish, picky type of person - with regard to Likud members who voted against the establishment of a committee of inquiry into the funding of ultra-leftist groups.

According to a version of the conversation that reached reporters, Netanyahu told Liberman that Likud "is not a dictatorship of one opinion." This statement is seen as an allusion to Lieberman's party, Israel is Our Home, which - so Netanyahu hints - has less tolerance for dissenting opinions.
 
Netanyahu told Liberman that it is important to maintain a variety of opinions, according to one report.
 
The Foreign Minister said Monday that it was "strange" to see members of the nationalist camp voting alongside Arab MKs against the committee of inquiry. "The Right has never truly succeeded in governing [according to] its world view... because of these 'rhinoceroses' who are always busy proving how just they are." 
 
"Rhinoceros" is a literary allusion to a play by the same name, written by Eugène Ionesco in 1959, about conformists who lose their moral compasses.