Netanyahu speaks at Knesset 298.
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday rejected Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's criticism of Likud ministers who spoke out against the establishment of a parliamentary committee to probe funding of left-wing NGOs.
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"It is important in a democratic state to allow various opinions. The Likud is united in the need to act against organizations which operate illegally against Israel and the IDF; however, there are a number of opinions on what the right way to enact this policy is," Netanyahu told Lieberman.
"The Likud is a democratic and pluralistic party and not a dictatorship of one opinion. All of the Likud ministers are concerned for the security of the country and its citizens and they don't need anyone's approval," Netanyahu added.
The prime minister's comments came a day after Lieberman attacked right-wing politicians, including Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, Intelligence Agencies Minister Dan Meridor, Minister-without-Portfolio Bennie Begin, and Government Services Minister Michael Eitan, who all spoke out against the establishment of the parliamentary committee of inquiry that passed its first vote in the Knesset plenum by 41 to 16 last week.
The foreign minister lashed out at MKs on the Right, claiming that these
politicians were responsible for the failure of the national camp to
achieve its aims. "There are leaders on the Right that have turned into
the apologists for the Left. They do everything to serve the Left, and
they are traitors to the national cam," Lieberman said.
“There is hypocrisy in Israeli society not just on the Left, but also
the Right. When I saw right-wing MKs voting together with Haneen Zoabi
(Balad) and Ahmed Tibi (UAL) against the committee, it was strange,” he
Eitan has refused to respond to Lieberman’s attack. Rivlin, however,
angrily responded that he was not a hypocrite, but a stubborn donkey
“who does not change his opinion to the Right or to the Left.”
Meridor also continued, undeterred, to criticize the establishment of
the committee of inquiry, which was originally proposed by MK Faina
Kirschenbaum (Israel Beiteinu).Rebecca Anna Stoil contributed to this report