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MK Moshe Feiglin: Bayit HaYehudi Protests are Hypocritical

Deputy Knesset Speaker: what happened to Bayit HaYehudi representatives? Feiglin call to oppose budget rejected.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 10/29/2013, 11:46 PM

MK Feiglin
MK Feiglin
Israel news photo: Flash 90

MK Moshe Feiglin, Deputy Knesset Speaker, attacked the party leaders of Bayit HaYehudi (Jewish Home) today (Tuesday). Feiglin maintains that the party objections to the terrorist release came too little, too late. 

"I offered them at the time [the opportunity to] vote against the budget, as long as the terrorist release was not cancelled, so that we could actually stop [the move] -- but no one listened to me, I was the only one who stood up against it, practically no one offered to join me," Feiglin said. 

He continued that attacks on Bayit HaYehudi are justified, stating that "if they objected to the move so much, they should have left the government." He added that "if they do not take responsibility [for their vote], then they should not be mudslinging [the decision]." 

"The Prime Minister, for his part, gives Israeli society what it wants - another day of [peace and] quiet. Even if I don't agree with it, that is his decision, and if Bayit HaYehudi thinks otherwise, they should protest his leadership. However, they do not offer alternative leadership - they only delve into matters regarding the Rabbinate and chuck tomatoes at those who did take responsibility for [today's] decision," Feiglin said. 

The MK believes that Bayit HaYehudi knows full well that it lacks any real influence on Knesset decisions, but that they cannot leave because "the hareidim will immediately take their place in the Coalition. Even if they [Bayit HaYehudi] voted against the terrorist release, they still bear full responsibility for the decision, and they will continue to lurk in the shadow of the Prime Minister."