Yesh Atid chairman MK Yair Lapid spoke in the Knesset plenum at a special session requested by 40 MKs in the presence of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and criticized the coalition's conduct in bringing legislative initiatives against the police and the prosecution.
"Stop it," Lapid told Prime Minister Netanyahu. "Call your Rottweilers, Bitan and Amsalem, and tell them that you are stopping all the personal and offensive laws against the police."
MK Lapid added, "We need someone who is engaged in reconciliation. MKs from the Likud call the Shin Bet security service 'hallucinatory,' and the prime minister is silent. The Supreme Court is attacked, and the prime minister is silent."
Earlier, MK Michal Rozin (Meretz) spoke in the Knesset plenum and attacked Netanyahu directly. "The ugliness is revealed in all your glory as prime minister - with one hand you appoint the police commissioner and the attorney general, and in the other you undermine their status because they are not willing, apparently, to join your entourage which is being investigated by Lahav 433.
"You, Mr. Prime Minister, continue to prove to the public that nothing interests you except yourself. You continue to prove to the public that your government is solely occupied with a personal defense of yourself. "
MK Rozin continued: "The settlements are the greatest security threat. They are the ones that separate us from the possibility of living in our country in peace and weaken the IDF in an unprecedented way.
"The whole world already knows that as long as you are prime minister - it will have no partner. The whole world already knows that the Israeli government is placing obstacle after obstacle in the way of the negotiating table. One time it's recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Another time it's united Jerusalem. And who knows what you will come up with the next time, if there is one."
MK Rozin concluded: "The citizens of Israel deserve a leadership that does not serve the narrow sectarian interests of the settlers, but rather favors Dimona over Amona, favors Rosh Ha'ayin over Bat Ayin, and favors the solution [to the Arab-Israeli conflict] over Hevron," thereby putting thousands of Israelis outside the pale.