Ultra-Orthodox lawmakers accuse Liberman of Antisemitism

November 21, 2019 by Arye Green -TPS
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Ultra-Orthodox Members of Knesset (MKs) on Wednesday accused Yisrael Beytenu leader MK Avigdor Liberman of antisemitism after his announcement that he would not support a minority government, during which he called the ultra-Orthodox MKs “anti-Zionist.”

Yaakov Litzman (L), Uri Maklev (C-L), Moshe Gafni (C-R) and Meir Porush (R) of United Torah Judaism ( Yahadut HaTora HaMeuhedet ) party on arrival to the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem to meet President Reuven Rivlin and deliver the party recommendation for prime minister. Jerusalem, Apr 15, 2019. Photo by Esty Dziubov/TPS

Liberman said that the ultra-Orthodox MKs cooperate with the Arab MKs, in an “anti-Zionist coalition that constitutes a real and immediate threat to Israel.”

“Unfortunately, the ultra-Orthodox community and its political parties are becoming more anti-Zionist as time goes on,” he said.

Finance Committee chairman MK Moshe Gafni of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism (UTJ) party, said that Liberman is “an anti-Semite” who does not belong in the Knesset, calling him a “zero.”

“We do not remember such anti-Semitism in the Knesset, not even from Ahmed Tibi. Does this corrupt man even know what we have done in the Knesset? What has he done in his twenty years in the Knesset? Nothing! He is a zero,” he said.

Gafni added that they would look into the possibility of taking legal action against Liberman over his statements.

Deputy Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman, chairman of UTJ, said Liberman’s speech is full of hate and reminds him of the rhetoric used by Israel’s worst enemies throughout history.

“We witnessed today a disgraceful and ugly horror show issued by Lieberman – full of lies, ignorance and hatred, which resembles the rhetoric of some of the greatest haters of religion and Jewish tradition in history. Unfortunately, it can be said that anti-Semitism has presented itself today,” he said.

MK Yaakov Tesler of UTJ responded to Lieberman’s speech by calling him a “cynical liar.”

“I am not surprised by Lieberman’s wild incitement campaign against the ultra-Orthodox public. This is who he is, an inciter, a liar and a cynic who is interested only in himself and his ugly politics, and does nothing for the benefit of the State of Israel,” he said.

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, said that Liberman is blaming the ultra-Orthodox parties for the dire political situation because he found himself in a difficult position.

“Liberman attacks us whenever he has a hard time. He told everyone how much he worked towards a unity government and blamed everyone for failing to establish one. Who is really to blame? Only Liberman,” he said.

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One Response to “Ultra-Orthodox lawmakers accuse Liberman of Antisemitism”
  1. Adrian Jackson says:

    Liberman should be deported back to the Russia. Putin would love him.

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