MK-elect Yinon Magal of Bayit Yehudi is among the audible voices expressing criticism against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his Likud party. Magal feels that Likud is not true to its word in its dealing with Bayit Yehudi as a senior coalition partner.
Yinon spoke with Channel 10 on motzei Shabbos 8 Nissan, accusing Mr. Netanyahu of not offering cabinet posts to members of Bayit Yehudi. He laments that during the election campaign the prime minister was a friend of the party. He explained that during elections the prime minister was “a hero” but now that elections are over, Mr. Netanyahu is not negotiating with party leaders. Yinon and his colleagues fear the prime minister will abandon the right-wing party and form his coalition with the Labor party. This despite repeated statements to the contrary from the prime minister.
Yinon then turned to Yisrael Beitenu party leader Avigdor Lieberman, who wishes to serve another term as foreign minister. He explained that during elections Lieberman’s views were closer to Labor than Bayit Yehudi. Like his colleague Nissim Slomiansky, Yinon explained the four seats lost by Bayit Yehudi in elections represented loyal right-wing voters who voted Likud to strengthen the prime minister’s position.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)