Liberman slams 'messianic haredim'

Yisrael Beytenu chief vows to block haredi agenda in next government. 'We won't allow religious coercion, attempts to alter status quo.'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Noam Rivkin Fenton 90

Yisrael Beytenu Chairman Avigdor Liberman asserted Tuesday that the next government would be a "haredi government" that would act for religious coercion.

"The current election campaign revolves around one issue: Will the rightist bloc become a haredi bloc, with Yisrael Beytenu outside the coalition, or will a national, rightist and liberal government be formed with Yisrael Beytenu?" Liberman said.

"Netanyahu's starting five [partners] are: Litzman, Gafni, Deri, Smotrich and Ben-Gvir - without Yisrael Beytenu and without Avigdor Liberman. This is not what I say, these are Netanyahu's public statements, every day in ‘Netanyahu Hayom,’” he added, in a jab at the Israel Hayom newspaper perceived as staunchly pro-Netanyahu.

According to Liberman, "What prevented the establishment of such a coalition is 1 Knesset seat. Imagine if the United Right had 7 seats instead of the 5 they have today, and a coalition of 62 MKs was set up with Orit Strook, Ben-Gvir, Smotrich, Litzman, Deri and Gafni.”

"The only one in a right-wing coalition that can stop this madness is Yisrael Beytenu. Only we can prevent a situation in which a right-wing government is being blackmailed by messianic haredim."

He added: "Anyone who wants to see the State of Israel continue on the path of sanity and a responsible and liberal policy, first and foremost with regard to matters of religion and state, must vote for Yisrael Beytenu. We will not allow the continuation of religious coercion and the attempt to change the status quo. Yisrael Beytenu is the only party to come to these elections with credentials for this."