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Livni Attacks Likud and Chareidim

Speaking on Channel 2 TV on Friday, Kadima Party leader Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni warned her supporters that a vote for Likud is tantamount to selling out to Shas. She lashed out at Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu, stating anyone willing to sell out to the chareidim is not worthy of the premiership post.

She continued by expressing her pride in the fact that she remained steadfast in her refusal to give in to Shas’ demands in coalition talks, explaining she was and remains unwilling to “sellout”  to the chareidi party, adding Shas knows that with Binyamin Netanyahu, it can obtain more because he will meet their demands to include them in a coalition.

After she failed in assembling a coalition, Livni blames Shas for trying to “blackmail the government” but Shas leader Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai lashed out at Livni in response, setting the record straight, explaining to the media that Livni’s concessions to Ehud Barak and his Labor Party were significantly more costly than Shas’ demands.

Some political analysts equate her remarks with those of the late Tommy Lapid, the founder of the virulently anti-chareidi now-defunct Shinui Party. Some even go as far as to state her remarks have a hint of anti-Semitism.

In other Kadima news, supporters of Livni accuse Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, who lost the party leadership race to Livni, continues to refuse to accept any major role in Livni’s campaign, preferring to maintain a low party profile while his opponents accuse him of building his own support base in the party.

In a party leadership meeting on Thursday, Mofaz opted to remain silent, resulting in increasing criticism against him from Livni supporters, who accuse him of undermining party interests.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)

4 Responses

  1. Please put the story in context. It was made in response to R’ Ovadia referring to our secular brethren affectionately as chamorim. It’s OK for Him to make comments like that but Livni can’t respond?

  2. For R. Yosef to call the hilonim “donkeys” was an insult, and in Jewish tradition a donkey is an honorable pious beast.

    For Ms. Livni to say a government should not serve hareidim is perfectly logical since her party’s views on all issues, including economics, are not likely to win hareidi support, so she might as well appeal to bigotry who will vote against Torah even if they have to compromise all other issues.

  3. #Kudos to #1
    The torah community is the only ones that support a united Yerushayalim consisting of the old city and the kosel. She is letting everyone know that Jerusalem is for sale, and the price is cheap.

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