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      Shas Responds: What did Livni Expect?

      Livni must realize the real reason hareidi-religious community did not turn out for protests, Shas MK says.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 9/4/2011, 7:06 PM

      Shas MK Rabbi Nissim Ze'ev
      Shas MK Rabbi Nissim Ze'ev
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      Opposition leader Tzipi Livni knows the real reason that the hareidi-religious community avoided Saturday night's protests to lower the cost of living, MK Nissim Zev (Shas) said Sunday, speaking to Arutz Sheva. Unfortunately, he added, she preferred to hurl unfounded allegations.

      “This is not the first time that Livni slams the hareidi community, and the settler community, as if they are the state of Israel's problem,” he noted.

      “It is a shame that she doesn't look around to see that the entire world is against us,” he continued. “At a time like this we must unite; her approach is neither appropriate nor proper.”

      Regarding the protests, he said, “How could Livni expect the hareidi community, and those with knitted kippot [the religious Zionist community – ed.], to go to a place where there are female singers and a lack of modesty?” The atmosphere at the protests was obviously inappropriate from the religious public's point of view, he said.

      Zev expressed doubt regarding Livni's intentions and those of other protest leaders. On the one hand, he said, “There's no doubt that there are needs, and there are demands,” and protesters are right to express them.

      However, he continued, if the goal is truly to have the public's needs met, protest leaders would step back for a period of time and let the government attempt to address their concerns. Those who continue to protest while the government studies possible plans of action are seeking to overthrow the government while using “social justice” as a cover, he accused.