MK (Yisrael Beitenu) Yulia Malinovsky responded to a Kikar Shabbos News report attacking Yisrael Beitenu leader MK Avigdor Lieberman. According to Malinovsky, the chareidi public is closed in a ghetto and is not integrating into the community.
The Kikar Shabbos report attacked Lieberman, who cited that the chareidi tzibur does not work. Shas Chairman Aryeh Deri responded, citing it is Lieberman who looks after those who do not pay taxes as he represents the elderly immigrants from the Former Soviet Union who do not and did not work in Israel, yet he feels the State of Israel should pay their pensions.
Malinovsky stated she wishes to address the chareidi public and its askanim “for it is far easier to control them when closed in a ghetto and does not integrate into Israeli society.”
What has Malinovsky particularly riled up is how the Kikar report ends, stating “Eight mandates are dependent on immigrants whose connection to the State of Israel is still not clear.”
She reminds Yishai Cohen of Kikar News “that his parents or grandparents were also immigrants years ago, and no one placed their connection to the State of Israel in question.”
In the Kikar report, Deri is quoted stating that over NIS 2 billion is being sought to pay the pensions of FSU immigrants who never worked or paid taxes as well as opening Absorption Ministries in 17 states around the FSU while their very Jewishness is in question.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)