Daily Israel Report

MK Hotovely: 'Deal" Would Mean End of the Likud

Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely said that if her party's leader attempted to strongarm concessions, it would be the end of the party.
By David Lev
First Publish: 1/19/2014, 11:01 PM

MK Hotovely
MK Hotovely
Knesset Channel

At a rally protesting a prospective agreement by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to territorial concessions in Judea and Samaria, MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud Beiteinu) said that if her party's leader attempted to strongarm MKs into agreeing to concessions, it would be the end of the party.

“The signs are clear that the Americans intend to force us into a deal that will endanger Israel's security,” said Hotovely. “The adoption of the concept of the 'settlement blocs' is the adoption of the conception of the ideas of Yossi Beilin, and it is not permitted for the right to accept this idea,” she added, in a reference to the academician and Labor politician who played a crucial role in concocting the Oslo Accords.

The best way to withdrawals of this kind is to pressure the Likud into preventing them. “The road to preventing withdrawals runs through the Likud and the coalition. Netanyahu must realize that he will not have a coalition if he agrees to such withdrawals,” she said.

“I advise my friends on the right not to be too calm about what is going on,” she said. “History has told us that calmness in the face of these situations is dangerous. Just like we were surprised by the idea of the Ddisengagement, we are not allowed to be surprised by similar ideas. We call on our friends in the Likud to prevent this kind of breakup,” she added.