MK David Amsalem (Likud), chair of the Knesset’s Internal Affairs and Environment Committee, downplayed on Wednesday the election of Avi Gabbay as the chairman of the Labor party, saying he lacks the experience to be Prime Minister.
"I respect Avi Gabbay. When he served as Environment Minister, he appeared before my committee. He is a pleasant and positive person, but running a country is an entirely different thing. So I think, regardless of the fact that I'm a Likudnik, that at the moment, all the candidates are not even close to Netanyahu's ability. They are in a completely different region,” Amsalem opined in an interview with Arutz Sheva, adding that he believed that Gabbay’s election reflected the naïve position of the members of the Labor party.
"Avi Gabbay, with all due respect, is perhaps a guy I appreciate, but personally I have more experience than him. I have done much more than him and I do not think I can be Prime Minister," he added.
"In the end, when you choose someone to run anything, even a private business, you choose the person who has the right qualifications. I do not like to analyze other parties, but there is no parallel to what happened in the Labor party, where someone who until a few months ago was not even a member of the party is elected to lead it. It’s a rare vote that points to a reaction to something unusual...Perhaps the members of the Labor party saw them scuffling in the polls and said, 'Let's do something extreme’ and elected Gabbay,” Amsalem said.
Polls released right before Gabbay was elected found that the Likud would maintain its Knesset majority in the next election regardless of who heads Labor.
In another matter, Amsalem blasted former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who told CNN in an interview on Tuesday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will definitely be indicted in at least one of the investigations against him.
"I do not know on what he based his remarks. He is not involved in the investigation, and doesn’t know any more about it than I do. There is an act of hatred and vengeance more than anything rational here, and I suggest that Bogie wait. There is a campaign of revenge here that is beneath him and I suggest that he focus on the positive things rather than the slander,” said Amsalem.
Finally, the Likud MK said he does not believe that elections to the Knesset are on the horizon.
"There are no ideological gaps in this coalition. Sometimes there are things that are not respectable that cause one to take credit at the expense of the other - but beyond that there are no gaps on the core issues. Therefore, I do not see this government going to elections - and for the benefit of the people of Israel it is good for the government to conclude its term. The public does not want to go to elections every two years."