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Knesset 370.(Photo by: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
MKs across political spectrum weigh in on merger
By JPOST.COM STAFF
10/25/2012
Likud MKs express support; MKs on Right say merger shows Netanyahu, Liberman lack "ideological backbone;" MKs on Left call for Left-Center bloc.
MKs across the political spectrum on Thursday reacted to

"The fake right-wing is exposing its true face; Netanyahu and Liberman are all talk," Ben-ari stated.

Eldad said that the merger represented a combination of parties who had been all slogan and not carried out their promises to right-wing voters.

Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich slammed the merger, saying "the union between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman has created a new extremist and racist party."

Yacimovich called on centrist political forces to join Labor and not allow Netanyahu and Liberman to govern.

Labor MK Issac Herzog expressed similar sentiment, saying that the resulting "Likud Beytenu" party would be a "north pole" of extremists in Israeli politics.

Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz also denounced the political union, saying "the real Likud and the nationalist demon came out of the closet."

Mofaz added that a Netanyahu-Liberman government would "perpetuate Israel's international ostracism and political paralysis."

Also from Kadima, MK Yochanan Plesner said the merger should be countered through the formation of a centrist political bloc to challenge the "right-extreme-right bloc of Liberman and Netanyahu."

"I call on the centrist parties to put their egos aside and act to come together," Plesner stated.

Meanwhile, Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid said Israel's emerging political picture already made clear that his party is the only one that can represent Israelis in the political center.

Lapid said that "Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has moved to the extreme right, whereas Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich broke far to the Left."
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