Who’s The Real Defector? Bennett’s Yamina Declares MK A “Defector”

MK Amichai Chikli. (Photo: Noam Moskowitz/Knesset spokesperson)

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An especially long and stormy meeting of the Knesset House Committee on Monday ended with seven members (all members of the coalition) voting to declare MK Amichai Chikli, who resigned from the party immediately after it formed a coalition with the left and Ra’am, as a “defector,” ousting him from the Yamina party.

The move prevents Chikli from running in the next election with any existing Knesset party. The hearing was held at the request of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who filed a request for a hearing the day after MK Idit Silman’s resignation earlier this month to serve as a warning for other Yamina members not to leave the coalition

However, Bennett may have regretted his decision to call for the hearing as it served as an hours-long venue to expose his lies and broken promises, with Chikli presenting a list of 100 promises that Bennett violated, chief among them the promise not to join a government with left-wing parties and not to serve in a government headed by Yair Lapid.

Naftali Bennett holds up a signed pledge not to serve in a government under Yair Lapid on March 21, 2021 (Screen grab/Channel 20)

Chikli ended his comments with the statement: “Naftali Bennett, you have no G-d [Elokim],” which was met with a round of applause by opposition members.

The decision was slammed by many, including even left-wing politicians, who pointed out the absurdity of a party declaring a member who refused to violate the party’s own avowed principles a “defector.” As opposition chairman Binyamin Netanyahu said: “Chikli didn’t defect from Yamina, Yamina defected from the right.” Additionally, the law allowing a party to oust a member for “defecting” was intended to thwart politicians from switching parties for political favors or other non-ideological reasons.

Chikli is planning on appealing the decision to the Jerusalem District Court.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. How a ruling party can rule with a mandate of but 7 of 120 in and of itself is an absolute absurdity. That alone should be called into question. How Reuvein Rivlin even entrusted Bennett with the task is a disgrace to begin with.

  2. Bennett took advantage against his supporters once again. There are no boundaries to Bennett, he has sold his soul and those of his party members, his voters and supporters and his countrymen to the devil. His ambition now revealed, makes us all realize (except his son Yoni) that he is not a good person ,as we will learn in Pirkey Avos (הקנאה, הגאווה והכבוד מוציא מן העולם).