'Liberman will run the country only in his dreams'

Haredi MK Moshe Gafni slams Yisrael Beiteinu leader's demands in coalition negotiations.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Moshe Gafni
Moshe Gafni
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MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) slammed Yisrael Beiteinu chairman MK Avigdor Liberman on Tuesday for presenting tough conditions for entering the coalition.

"This man does not understand how the state is being run, and we have not negotiations like this before, as if he were the one running the show. I say with certainty that at least on the draft law it will not happen," Gafni told News 2.

Gafni also criticized Liberman's demand to take over the Interior Ministry. "Does he think that with his five mandates he will run the state? Only in his dreams. What is this that he suddenly wants the Interior Ministry. We asked for the chairmanship of the Interior Ministry, because we are more familiar with it it than him. What does he know about it?"

Gafni explained that the meeting scheduled for today was not canceled but was postponed in order to update the faction members on the findings of his meeting with the prime minister: "The meeting was postponed, and this evening our faction will meet and we will see how to make the decisions with Netanyahu. We rejected it because we have received updates from the meeting last night with Deputy Minister Litzman and Netanyahu."

Liberman stated that his party will not withdraw from his demands on the security issues and the draft law: "I heard that we are waiting for the rabbi of Gur. As far as we are concerned, we are not demanding any change. Just as the law was passed on first reading, it should pass second and third readings. I am very doubtful if the High Court of Justice will grant another postponement. At the end of July, the High Court of Justice rejected the petition and I am very doubtful if the High Court will grant a further delay for the draft law."

As for the possibility of a compromise in the draft law, Liberman said, "This would empty the law of content. It is impossible to compromise on a compromise, and we have brought this law after dialogue with all the elements in the haredi world. We cannot change the text just because the haredim have more MKs. We will not agree to change even one comma."