YARIV LEVIN 370.
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Coalition chairman Yariv Levin (Likud Beytenu) will announce next Tuesday in a
celebratory meeting at the Knesset the launch of a caucus for keeping all of
Judea and Samaria.
The caucus, which will be co-chaired by Bayit Yehudi MK
Orit Struck, is being formed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s opponents in
the Likud central committee, who are also hosting an anti- Netanyahu rally of
party hawks in Tel Aviv Tuesday night.
Such a caucus existed in the last
Knesset, and was co-chaired by then-coalition chairman Ze’ev Elkin. But doves in
the coalition said this was a much more sensitive time due to serious attempts
by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and US Secretary of State John Kerry to relaunch
diplomatic talks with the Palestinians.
“It is annoying and absurd,” said
MK Amram Mitzna of Livni’s Hatnua party. “It proves how important it is to fix
the electoral system and how much we need leadership.”
said she would not be upset about the formation of a “symbolic lobby with no
Hatnua faction head Meir Sheetrit said Levin had the right to
form any lobby he wanted and that there was little a six-MK faction could do to
But other coalition doves said a coalition chairman had to be
more statesmanlike, especially the head of a coalition that has 25 MKs on the
Center-Left in Hatnua and in Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s Yesh
Levin said he completely disagreed with the criticism.
don’t work for them,” Levin said. “If they want my job, they can have
Labor MK Hilik Bar, who heads the Knesset Caucus for Promoting the
Two-State Solution to the Israeli-Arab Conflict, said Levin’s lobby proved Yesh
Atid and Hatnua do not belong in the coalition.
“The dream of all
Israelis and Jews is to live in Greater Israel but unfortunately, the political
reality makes that impossible if Israel wants to guarantee its future as a
Jewish democratic state in Israel,” Bar said.
“The fact that the head of
the coalition heads the lobby for Greater Israel proves that the prime
minister’s declarations about two states for two peoples are a fictitious fraud.
The government does not really intend to achieve peace. Livni and Lapid say they
favor two states but it is absurd to say that when their coalition chairman
heads this lobby.”
Netanyahu’s office said he had no comment about the
formation of Levin’s caucus.