Opposition prepares to fight nearly formed coalition
Labor chief says party will proudly lead opposition; Meretz leader Gal-On says settlers seized positions of power in new gov't.
Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich. Photo: Artiom Degel
Soon-to-be opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich (Labor) congratulated the
expected new government on its formation, adding that she plans to lead a
“Labor is going proudly to represent the people in
the opposition. We kept our promise to our voters and refused to enter the
government in exchange for portfolios that have nothing behind them but [Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s] right-wing economic policies,” Yacimovich wrote
on her Facebook profile, in reference to invitations from Likud Beytenu for her
party to join the coalition and receive the Finance Ministry.
that she is committed to lead an opposition that is concerned with all Israelis,
regardless of religion, race, gender or economic status, and promised to put
social, economic, diplomatic and civil needs ahead of politics.
addition, Yacimovich said she will expose the “hidden processes” and relations
between the government and the wealthy.
Meretz leader Zehava Gal- On said
settlers had taken over the government, including points of economic
“Giving the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry, the Housing and
Construction Ministry and the Knesset Finance Committee to Bayit Yehudi ensures
that the whole market will be enslaved to continued exaggerated benefits that
settlers enjoy, while the rest of Israeli society suffers,” she
Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz added, “The money and resources [Yesh
Atid leader Yair] Lapid fought to take from yeshivot will be invested in
building settlements, with a high social and diplomatic price.”
to Horowitz, Yesh Atid voters will continue asking “Where is the money?,” one of
the party’s campaign slogans.