Shaked: The Chareidim and Lieberman Can Reach Agreement


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On Sunday night, there was an unprecedented harsh exchange of words via Facebook between Shas Chairman Minister Aryeh Deri and Yisrael Beitenu party Chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman.

One of the critics of the situation was the chairwoman of the New Right party, MK Ayelet Shaked, who stated “There are really no significant difference in substance between the chareidim and Lieberman.”

Regarding the decision by Defense Minister Naftali Bennet to build a new Jewish community in Hebron, it is a decision that Shaked calls “brave”.

Speaking with Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) on Sunday, Shaked explained that despite the stormy exchange of words between Deri and Lieberman, “It is a superfluous rift that should not incite him. Lieberman and Deri also sat together in governments and also worked together. With a bit of good will, it is possible to establish a government and there is no need to drag the state to unnecessary elections.”

According to Shaked, the national debate involving the chareidim regarding a draft law is unnecessary. She insists there is no significant difference in substance between Lieberman and the chareidim and she remains confident that a compromise can be found.

Shaked feels “it is up to the politicians” and it remains to be seen if Gantz and Lapid will decide if they wish to drag the nation to elections, or alternatively, form a new government. Shaked calls for increased public pressure to compel politicians to act as they should and avoid another round of Knesset elections.

Regarding Bennet’s announcement to build a new Jewish community in Hebron, she added that she served for two years as Minister of Justice while Lieberman was Minister of Defense and despite a favorable legal position and backing of the attorney general, he did not act, but Bennet made a brave move and made the decision.

She added that Attorney General Dr. Avichai Mandelblit is a known expert on international law and that her office did comprehensive work and there is no room in this case for the High Court of Justice to disqualify Bennet’s decision, adding there is no dispute that the land in question is private.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)