David Amsalem
David Amsalem Miriam Alster/Flash 90

Likud MK David Amsalem, who serves as chairperson of the Knesset's Interior Committee, spoke out on Wednesday against the unity government talks being held with the leftist Zionist Union party.

The talks of bringing Opposition head MK Yitzhak Herzog into the coalition appear to be hung up for now on Herzog's demand to implement his "separation" plan that involves a unilateral division of Jerusalem.

"I am deeply troubled on behalf of the nation of Israel," said Amsalem. "You establish a unity government around a common ideology and common ideas - all of the talks being held now are around chairs (i.e. positions in the government - ed.)."

"I think that part of the reason that the public doesn't like politicians, and borderline hates them, is because they always lie. We went to the elections with the slogan 'it's them or us,' and truly the gap between us and the Labor party (of Zionist Union) cannot be bridged."

"We have no agreement with them on the topics of the land of Israel and construction in Jerusalem, who will we build (a government) with, Zuhair Bahloul or Stav Shaffir?"

According to Amsalem, "Likud is an ideological party and settlement in all parts of the land is important to us. If that wasn't the case, I wouldn't be in the Likud."

Ironically, the past two Likud-led governments have been imposing a covert and informal construction freeze on Judea and Samaria ever since the last failed round of peace talks in late 2013.

"Bringing the Labor party into the government is insolence and a bold-faced lie to our voters. A government like this won't last for more than a few months and will cause very great damage to the Likud."

Amsalem warned that "Herzog's crawling into the government is humiliating. 'Buji' (Herzog) is breaking apart his own party, and that appears to be normal practice for him and his friends."

Indicating his preference for expanding the narrow coalition, he said, "we have to make efforts to bring Yisrael Beytenu into the government, (Avigdor) Liberman also needs to make an effort. We have joint national responsibility here and the nation expects that a homogeneous government will arise presenting a clear agenda."