Likud Group to Bibi: Stop Attacking Bayit Yehudi

Internal criticism against Netanyahu after second poll shows Likud weakened by attack on Bennett.

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"Hamateh Haleumi Balikud (The Nationalist Likud Faction)," an internal Likud group made up largely of party members from Judea and Samaria, criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Tuesday for his attacks on Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett.

The criticism follows two polls that show Bennett and his party gaining strength in the wake of Likud's attacks upon them.

In a letter addressed to Netanyahu, the group wrote, "At a time at which the Left is crumbling suicidally, we would have expected Likud to learn from the Left's mistakes and avoid unnecessary wars."

"Instead of saying that the question of refusing orders is not on the agenda, and that Likud is committed to construction and not to uprooting, the movement decided to attack Bennett personally and hurtfully," the letter added. It asked, "Does the avoidance of the question of uprooting communities indicate something about your future intentions?"

Hamateh Haleumi is led by Shevah Stern, Natan Englesman and David Tzviel. It was the most publicly prominent voice for Likud activists from Judea and Samaria before the arrival of Moshe Feiglin's Jewish Leadership faction.