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Likud MK: 'No one is trying to kill me politically'

MK Yuli Edelstein calls to focus energy on increasing the power of the Right, avoids questions on cooperation with new Zionist Spirit party.

Yuli Edelstein
Yuli Edelstein Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

Likud MK Yuli Edelstein, who decided against running head-to-head with MK Benjamin Netanyahu in party primaries, is not concerned that someone will try to get back at him for his past criticism of Netanyahu.

"No one is trying to get rid of me politically," Edelstein told Galei Zahal Radio. "Every decision by Likud members will be acceptable to me. I have not yet seen a single case of anger towards me, and I trust the wisdom of the masses."

Edelstein also said that he would like to put more effort into ensuring a true right-wing majority in the elections for the 25th Knesset, and not just into talking about 61 Knesset seats which the right-wing bloc already has.

"More and more people are already not so unambiguous and they sound different than in the past - apparently they realized that strong governments do not arise from boycotts," he said.

When asked if his party would cooperate with the new "Zionist Spirit" party headed by Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked and Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel, Edelstein said, "Shaked is still a minister who relies on the Islamic Movement, and these are things which are very much not appropriate for the Right."

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But, he added, "I do not invite anyone and I do not reject anyone."