Yadlin Sees Marzel, Walks Out of Panel

Labor-Hatnua's candidate for defense minister refused to sit at the table with Baruch Marzel of Hevron, Yachad's #4 man.

Hezki Baruch, Gil Ronen ,

Baruch Marzel
Baruch Marzel
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Major General (ret.) Amos Yadlin, the candidate for defense minister of the Labor-Hatnua ticket, walked out of a public discussion panel at Bar Ilan University Tuesday because he refused to sit at the table with Yachad / Ha'am Itanu candidate Baruch Marzel.

Marzel is #4 on his party's list, a veteran resident of Hevron, and a ubiquitous leading figure at sundry nationalist protests.

The political-diplomatic panel was also attended by Minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi), MK Ze'ev Elkin (Likud), and MK Elazar Stern, formerly of Hatnua and now in Yesh Atid.

After a heated exchange between Yadlin and other participants, Yadlin got up and left.

Marzel said that the incident showed the hypocrisy of the Left. “Yadlin has no problem sitting in a panel with Israel-haters like Ahmed Tibi or Zahalke, but when he sees a person who is loyal to his nation and his land, he folds.

“I think that I am the only politician who carries out his promises even before the elections,” he quipped. “I said I would face off with the radical Left, and this is what happened.”

Min. Ariel denounced Yadlin for the boycott. Ariel said that this behavior is “unacceptable,” whether in panels or in the Knesset itself. “If Mr. Yadlin does not feel good in the Knesset, he should resign from the political list and head home now,” he said.

The Bar Ilan Students' Union, which initiated the panel event, said that it believes in pluralism of opinion and that is “denounces boycotts within Israel.”