Party leaders take aim at PM

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La­bor leader Avi Gab­bay called on cen­ter-left party leaders, Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) and Benny Gantz (Is­rael Re­silience Party), on Satur­day to pub­licly say they will not join a fu­ture coali­tion led by Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, should he win the up­com­ing elec­tions.

Speak­ing in Ne­tanya, Gab­bay said that un­less Lapid and Gantz do so, they will “take the votes of peo­ple who want change and hand them over to Ne­tanyahu.”

Telem leader and for­mer IDF chief of staff Moshe Ya’alon also spoke on Satur­day, say­ing that his goal is to “cre­ate a coali­tion and re­place the current ad­min­is­tra­tion” dur­ing a cul­tural event held at the Na­tional Theater in Tel Aviv.

“For that purpose I am check­ing my ego out­side the door,” he said. Say­ing that he feels strongly about the need to “put Is­rael back on the right track,” Ya’alon said he will do “ev­ery­thing for the ben­e­fit of the coun­try.”

Ya’alon also said that “the fact there is more Pales­tinian ter­ror is not a jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for even a sin­gle Jewish act of ter­ror... Jewish ter­ror un­der­mines our moral high ground.”

For­mer de­fense min­is­ter Avig­dor Liber­man re­sponded on Face­book to the “vi­o­lent al­ter­ca­tion” be­tween IDF forces and Pales­tinian protesters along the Gaza bor­der on Fri­day.

“The Is­raeli gov­ern­ment begs Egypt to open the Rafiah bor­der cross­ing, and prom­ises to pay an­other $15 mil­lion, hop­ing that would help re­solve the current sit­u­a­tion,” Liber­man wrote. “I call upon the Is­raeli gov­ern­ment to cease fund­ing the ter­ror aimed at us. I de­mand we con­di­tion any as­sis­tance to Gaza on the re­turn of our soldiers and ci­ti­zens held in Ha­mas cap­tiv­ity.”

Yesh Atid MK Karin El­harar also crit­i­cized Ne­tanyahu for his speech last week, in which he de­manded an op­por­tu­nity to con­front the state’s wit­nesses who have ac­cused him of cor­rup­tion.

“The prime min­is­ter is running a video and spin-mak­ing fac­tory in­stead of tak­ing care of the coun­try,” she said.

Say­ing that Ne­tanyahu em­ploys a strat­egy of “drips,” El­harar said he “de-le­git­imizes ev­ery pos­si­ble in­sti­tu­tion that may stand in his way... he thinks he’s above ev­ery­body.” She was speak­ing in Ris­hon Lezion dur­ing a cul­tural event.

She also said that Ne­tanyahu al­ready ac­cepted funds to pay for his le­gal de­fense from those close to him and that “the peo­ple of Is­rael have the right to know who is be­hind these funds.”

(Marc Is­rael Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

LA­BOR LEADER Avi Gab­bay ad­dresses the party’s con­ven­tion Thurs­day night at the Tel Aviv Fair­grounds.

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