The left was unhappy on Tuesday with the possibility that Jewish Home MK Ayelet Shaked would be appointed Justice Minister, hours after Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett delivered an ultimatum to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, demanding that Shaked be named justice minister or Jewish Home would go to the opposition.
Yariv Oppenheimer, head of the Peace Now organization, tweeted, "Shaked as Justice Minister is like placing an idol in the Temple. No less.”
MK Nachman Shai (Labor) also condemned the possible move, saying, "The demand to give Ayelet Shaked the Justice portfolio is like giving the Fire and Rescue Services to a pyromaniac."
The left was also unhappy with the fact that the Jewish Home would receive the Education Ministry. Former Meretz MK Yossi Sarid wrote, "I am disgusted just by thinking about the fact that the most radical nationalist mark in the government will be in charge of the education of our children and grandchildren. This thought is absolutely atrocious. The only question is how much damage Bennett will do. I hope that as little as possible."
The comments came as coalition talks hit a snag, with a Wednesday deadline for Netanyahu to finish forming his coalition looming.
Reports surfaced earlier Tuesday that Likud has rejected Bennett's last-minute push to take Liberman's place as Foreign Minister.
The fate of the coalition rests in Jewish Home's hands on Tuesday, after Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman announced that his party would refuse to join the government, leaving the coalition to a mere 61 MKs.
MK Miri Regev (Likud) called on Bennett to join the government and quit stalling.
"I call on Bennett to join the government immediately and allow the establishment of a nationalist government," Regev stated on her Facebook page. "It's time to start working and stop playing games."