Ayelet Shaked at a greenhouse
Ayelet Shaked at a greenhouseSpokesperson

MK Ayelet Shaked (Yamina) aroused the ire of the left in a campaign to help Israel's struggling farmers.

On Tuesday, Shaked visited Ein Yahav in the Arava region, promising to end the farmers' obligations to pay into a pension plans for foreign workers.

"Israel's farmers are collapsing under the burden of illegal workers," she said. "We in Yamina promise to change the conditions. We'll start by canceling the pensions."

"Why should farmers have to pay pension for workers, when in their home countries there is no pension? They earn five times more than they do in their home countries. There's a lot more to fix. This is just an example. Vote Yamina, and we'll work for you."

Mickey Gitzin, Director in Israel of the radical leftNew Israel Fund, slammed Shaked, asking: "Why just pension? Let's go straight to slavery. Who said you have to pay foreign workers? This woman is just pure evil. She doesn't have a bit of Jewishness in her, much less humanity."

Leftist Yair Glick responded, "For the 18,734th time, she's forgotten what it means to be a Jew. This is not my Judaism."

Haaretz's Chaim Levinson responded: "A Jew earns five times more, at least, in Israel, than he earns in his home country. Europe's farmers are collapsing under the burden of their employment. We'll cancel mandatory pensions for Jews."

Strategic analyst Shai Niv said: "It's just canceling pension, it's not like we decided that FGM is totally fine and then we made sure a former adviser wrote an article on it. There's nothing better than Shaked's ingenuity - she's the most evil figure in Israeli politics, and she's the most embraced by the media."

Currently, Israeli farmers take home between a few agurot (Israeli cents) and a few shekels per kilogram of produce sold.