Controversial Zionist Union MK eyes Justice Ministry

MK who decried nuclear family as 'the least safe place for children' sets her sights on Justice Ministry.

Hezki Baruch ,

Merav Michaeli
Merav Michaeli
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MK Merav Michaeli (Zionist Union) slammed the Yesh Atid party and insisted giving Labor leader Avi Gabbay a chance to build a coalition if he wins the next elections.

New elections are to be held no later than November 2019.

Speaking in an interview with Israel Hayom, Michaeli said she was "not going to grade" how well Gabbay has performed as Labor leader, since "he is her party's leader."

"I accept him as he is, and I want him to win the elections," she stressed. "I believe we need to support the party head, and that was my stance when Shelly Yachimovich and Yitzhak Herzog led the party. Gabbay received the position, and we need to allow him to do what he believes correct."

"Gabbay is familiar with the system, because he served for a year in the government, and he has done his homework. However, when I look at Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid, I see a person who served for two years as Finance Minister and did absolutely nothing. His party held four important ministries - Health, Welfare, Education, and Science, and for two years they did nothing.

"In contrast, the current government, which I oppose, is constantly doing things."

Michaeli also discussed the possibility that the current investigations against Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Coalition Chairman David Bitan (Likud) would lead to early elections.

"I'm not going to speculate on when elections will be, but I want to replace the current government, because it is bad in every way," she said. "It doesn't advance a diplomatic process, it allows religious coercion, and it is corrupt."

"If Gabbay does form the next coalition, I want to be Justice Minister," she concluded.

Michaeli has previously stated that children belong to the government and the nuclear family is unsafe for children. Instead, she called for children to be raised by strangers chosen by the government, ignoring proofs that the nuclear family is in fact the safest place for a child to grow up.

She has also denounced marriage, while calling for gay marriage.

In 2016, a bill initiated by Michaeli during the previous Knesset was revived, aiming to limit the number of terms a prime minister can serve and in effect force Israel to elect someone other than Netanyahu.