NU Blasts Livni's Anti-Religious Outburst

Opposition leader: the reason settlers and hareidi-religious did not protest is that they get money from the government.

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Tzipi Livni
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Kadima chairwoman and Opposition Leader MK Tzipi Livni used an interview about the tent protests as an opportunity to take a swipe at hareidi Jews and national-religious settlers in Judea and Samaria. National Union Knesset members hit back.

Livni told Channel 2 News that hareidis and residents of Judea and Samaria are not seen at the protests because these two sectors receive large amounts of money from the government and thus have no reason to demonstrate. "The demonstrators this evening hail from a sector that does not receive benefits from the government and that come from true hardship," she said.

National Union Chairman MK Yaakov Katz (Ketzaleh) addressed a statement to Livni and said: "The more you base your election campaign on hatred of Jewish settlers and hareidi Jews, your chances of becoming prime minister will diminish."

MK Dr. Michael Ben Ari said: "Tzipi Livni is inciting against the hareidis and the settlers, but she forgets to mention the huge budgets allotted to her friends in [the Arab cities of] Umm El Fahm and Rahat. It is time that the racism and incitement of desperate politicians be treated by law enforcement agencies. It is unacceptable that Livni attacks entire sectors in the nation and the Attorney General is silent."

"When Kadima was in power, huge budgets were given to Umm El Fahm, Rahat and the kibbutzim. Now, suddenly, the people of Kadima are playing the victim card and inciting against hareidis and settlers. It is very easy to blame the hareidis and settlers who have no support system in the media but the truth cannot be covered up. When Kadima was in power, money flowed to the kibbutzim and to all kinds of elements that are hostile to the State of Israel."