Liberman: Haredi parties chose to disparage and threaten

Yisrael Beytenu chairman responds to haredi accusations, says those looking to point fingers should 'look in the mirror.'

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Avigdor Liberman
Avigdor Liberman
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Yisrael Beytenu Chairman MK Avigdor Liberman responded Wednesday to the haredi parties' claim that he made an agreement with Blue and White leader Yair Lapid and is trying to torpedo a right-wing government by insisting on passing the Draft Law advanced in the previous Knesset.

In a Facebook post, Liberman wrote, "In the past two days, I've heard countless threats from haredi MKs that go like this: We'll hold new elections or create a government without Yisrael Beytenu. I'm sorry that instead of holding a practical discussion, it's specifically the haredi parties who chose to tease, disparage, and threaten. What Yisrael Beytenu believes with regards to religion and state is pretty clear: We are for a Jewish state, and we are against a religious state."

Responding to a claim that he and outgoing Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) are working together, Liberman added, "There is no coordination between Yisrael Beytenu and Kulanu. Since the elections, I have met Minister Kahlon once - at a meeting of the full Knesset - for a minute and a half."

Liberman also slammed Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for creating the situation which forced him to resign his post as Defense Minister in the previous government.

"The person who prevented the evacuation of Khan al-Ahmar and Susya was not the Supreme Court," he wrote. "The one who prevented the bill to put terrorists to death from passing its second and third time was not the Supreme Court. The one who allowed millions of dollars to be transferred to terror organizations in Gaza was the current Israeli government. We want a right-wing government in actions, not in words."

He also emphasized that he does not accept the claim that he is preventing the formation of a right-wing government.

"Yisrael Beytenu represents the most ignored population in the State of Israel - the population which serves in the army, does reserve duty, works, and pays taxes. Therefore, we will not compromise on our principles. Take us seriously, and those who want to find someone to blame if we don't manage to form a right-wing coalition should look in the mirror."