'The Left is behaving more responsibly than the Right'

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein slams right-wing leaders for failing to unite like the Blue and White party.

Shimon Cohen ,

Flash 90

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) spoke about the election campaign against the Blue and White party in an interview with Arutz Sheva.

Edelstein was asked if there was anything in the Blue and White party platform. "I'm not worried about anything. What struck me was that even after the publication of the platform, I did not understand what it was about. These are good people, but I did not understand what their common denominator was. I will give an example of this, if the Likud issues a platform and writes that we will strive with all our might to establish a Palestinian state while handing over all of Judea and Samaria, would you believe that when you know that people like Edelstein, Hotovely, Yariv Levin, Elkin and others are there? So too, here. I ask myself, will MK Yael German, who was in Meretz, and Ofer Shelah accept this attempt to make Blue and White centrist? Therefore, I am not impressed and very much hope that people will not run after vague formulations in the platform but will examine the record and public activity of the candidates."

Perhaps. we asked, the factor that unites the Blue and White party is the desire to replace Prime Minister Netanyahu. "If we were in a reality show, there would be room to oust a competitor so that he would not interfere with others, but here there is a state to run. We do not understand how it is possible with this plan. What happens the day after Netanyahu is ousted? What will become of the State? Will they preserve our political and economic achievements? Will they protect Judea and Samaria, not only from the Trump Administration, but from people like Obama?"

Edelstein said that he does not believe that the Likud and Jewish Home parties will form a unity government. "They themselves say that they will not sit with Netanyahu under any circumstances. Their funny statement that they will sit with the Likud but not Netanyahu is like me saying that I will sit with Bogie Ya'alon but not Gantz. This is a populist statement that I do not think anyone is buying. Therefore, our mission is the maximum number of seats for the Likud and a national camp that will receive a majority in the Knesset."

He acknowledged that if the Likud draws more votes from other right-wing parties, smaller right-wing parties might fail to cross the electoral threshold, harming the right overall.

"I want to acknowledge the responsibility that was shown on the left," Edelstein said. "They said that the egos could not be overcome to form a union. In the end they united and there were a few others who were willing to unite. Tzipi Livni retired so that she would not endanger their bloc. On the other hand, each of us wants to be the Messiah's deputy and establish his own party. It's irresponsible and they will not tell me they're doing it for the Land of Israel."

"Based on years of experience in politics, no one knows how to make elections so that he will stay for others. Each party cares only for itself and wants to win a maximum number of seats. Because if you give up, you crash. So I suggest that the Likud and other parties take care of each other and see what will ultimately happen," he concluded.