Hershkowitz cellphone 311.
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Habayit Hayehudi leader Daniel Hershkowitz openly criticized the protests
against the housing shortage on Wednesday.
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Likud and Shas ministers have
been careful to not say anything negative about the protests, which polls show
are supported by the general public and by Likud and Shas voters.
leaders of other right-wing parties have been more openly critical in recent
days, starting with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman last week and now
“The protests were started and encouraged by people who have
a clear political interest,” Hershkowitz wrote in an article in the coming
weekend’s rightwing newspaper Besheva.
“NGOs from the left-end of the
political map, together with the New Israel Fund, didn’t just ride the
They made them happen with the help of the
country’s top media outlets.”
Hershkowitz wrote that it was wise of the
left-wing organizations to initiate a protest on issues on which there is a
national consensus and not on diplomatic issues as they have in the
He defended religious Zionists from charges that they were not
participating in the protests, because they didn’t care. He said the reason why
there were not large amounts of knitted kippot at the demonstrations was because
there had been calls among protesters to overthrow Prime Minister Binyamin
“Already in the first demonstration, the leaders of the
protests went on stage and cried out Mubarak-Assad- Netanyahu,” he
“Some would be satisfied with overthrowing him but others want to
see him like Mubarak on a stretcher in a cage.”
There have been some
religious Zionist leaders who have made a point of visiting the protests,
including Jerusalem Rabbi Benny Lau, MK Michael Ben-Ari, and Council of Jewish
Communities in Judea and Samaria director-general Naftali Bennett.