MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism), who said that "the Palestinians were here before us" at a Haaretz peace conference yesterday and stated that he is closer politically to the Left than to the Right, addressed the controversy his remarks caused Tuesday.
"I stated my position," Gafni said. "They told me I am hurting the haredi communities. If they are referring to Chabad hasidim, only a minority of a minority is voting for us, and that too is because of my activity with Chabad."
Gafni added, "We do not belong to the left, they always hurt everything dear to us, and if there are people who are not intelligent, then listen to what I said and then respond."
He also criticized Deputy Education Minister Meir Porush (United Torah Judaism), a member of the Agudat Yisrael who slammed his comments yesterday. "Those who went with the Left were precisely the people of Agudath Israel."
Later in the interview, Gafni referred to the "Sabbath Law" and made it clear that his faction would insist on legislation on the subject, even at the cost of a coalition crisis.
"We will hold a joint faction meeting with Shas to discuss the issue. If the Sabbath law is not promoted, I do not think this coalition will continue," Gafni said.
Gafni refused to comment on the resignation of Deputy Supreme Court President Justice Rubinstein, "I am not interested in the High Court and the religious judge there."