Cabel Joins Likud MKs in Condemning Waxman

Calling for a 'housecleaning' on the Left, Labor MK distances himself from 'problematic' actress who said Likud voters 'came out of holes.'

Cynthia Blank,

MK Eitan Cabel
MK Eitan Cabel
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Likud MKs were quick to attack actress Anat Waxman after she disparaged the party's voters in a television interview Sunday night, and joining in on the criticism Monday was Labor MK Eitan Cabel. 

Waxman described Likud voters as the convinced to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's convincer, and said they "came out of their holes" as soon as he said the word "Arabs" on election day. 

"You can't talk to them," she said, before mimicking the way Netanyahu supporters supposedly speak by shouting "Just Bibi" over and over. "These are laborers," she added. "These are two different nations."

Writing on Facebook, the leftist Cabel called for a "housecleaning" of the Left instead of, like Waxman, engaging in continued attacks on the national camp. 

"Maybe the problem is with us, Anat Waxman, and not with 'those people climbing out of their holes,' as you described the residents of the periphery," Cabel charged. 

The MK admitted that he struggled with posting the message on his social media page, noting he too was upset over Labor's loss in general elections last months. 

 "The situation also hurts me to no end, but I understand well that the time has come to check who is in our house, and not to choose the easy solution of insults and terrible statements, like that we're talking about 'another nation,'" Cabel suggested. 

Cabel condemned Waxman's divisive statements, arguing that blaming voters from the periphery ignored a deeper, more intrinsic issue - that Israeli voters were turning more rightward. 

"I don't know where you're drawing the line; the next thing will be that my brother are not your brothers. But just so you know - Likud won also in Rehovot, Rishon Lezion, Holon, and Netanya. So the problem is much deeper than you think."

"The problems starts with trying to force right-wing supporters into a simple and uniform identity, allowing us to run away from the problem instead of confronting it," he added. 

"I don't have all the answers, but one thing is clear to me," Cabel stressed, "they are not hidden in layers of alienation and rejection. The periphery's identification with the Right is not an act of fate - it's a decree imposes by the ideas we heard yesterday, and it would be better if these ideas weren't brought up at all.

"Until we understand this, we will continue to grab our heads and ask ourselves: How is it possible they voted for the Right," Cabel concluded.
 




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