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Sunday, May 10, 2020 

Yamina's foolish decision to sit in opposition must be deliberate in more ways than one

It looks like the "right-wing" party of most questionable character has decided they won't be part of Netanyahu's newly forming government, and even seems to take an anti-Netanyahu stance:
The national religious Yamina party, a long-time ally of Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu, announced Sunday that it will be heading to the opposition after its talks with the Likud party aimed at joining the “emergency” government fell apart over the weekend.

“In light of the composition of the [incoming] government and its emerging policies that appear to make it a left-wing government headed by Netanyahu, and in light of the prime minister’s blatant disrespect for Yamina and its voters, the Yamina party has decided to serve the public during the upcoming term from the opposition, where it will fight on behalf of the nationalist camp,” Yamina said in a statement.
So they want to see this as a literally left-wing government, after all the harm they caused last year in the elections. Here's the part that's most truly disgusting:
“Yamina will prepare for the day after Netanyahu, which will come in a year and a half, and from the opposition produce a real, right-wing alternative,” the statement from the party added tersely. “A right wing that is not ready to sell the justice system to the left for personal survival; a right wing that is unwilling to back down against Hamas and [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] Abu Mazen; a right wing that is truly committed to the development and legalization of settlement; a right wing that does not sell Judaism to special interests or the Israeli economy to [Labor leader] Amir Peretz and the Histadrut labor union; a right wing that does not throw in the towel in the struggle to remove infiltrators and rehabilitate neighborhoods [that have experienced an influx of them].”
Are they implying Netanyahu actually supports Hamas? Their "logic" is offensive and ludicrous, much like Avigdor Liberman, proving he's not the only making tasteless statements at the expense of cohesion. Makes me glad I didn't vote for this farce of a party.
Responding to Yamina’s announcement, Likud issued a statement accusing the right-wing party of being more interested in winning ministerial positions than in ideology.

“If Yamina had been given another post, then they would have considered the government to be right-wing?” Likud asked sarcastically in a statement mocking Yamina for calling the incoming coalition “left-wing.”

“This will be the first government in the history of the country to [annex the West Bank], and it is unfortunate that Yamina will not be a part of it just because of internal rifts over the distribution of portfolios,” Likud said.

“We hope that Yamina will come to its senses, demonstrate some national responsibility and enter the government that will lead a historic move in the history of Zionism,” the ruling party concluded, referring to its annexation plans.

With Netanyahu ceding half of all cabinet positions to Gantz’s bloc, six-seat Yamina was only offered two ministries, even within what is set to be Israel’s largest cabinet ever.
Given Yamina only won 6 seats in this past election, it seems awfully absurd to think they could literally get more. Here's one more item about them that's really irritating:
Yamina also issued a veiled threat, hinting that the party would not come to aid Netanyahu – who is facing indictments for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust - in the future.

“Know, Netanyahu, that anyone who turns his back on his trustworthy partners when times are good, won’t find them by his side when times are difficult.”
How fascinating indeed. So they're going to allow a corrupt legal system to bring him down, and won't protest any corrupt legal representatives as they supposedly did before? In that case, why should we be convinced they ever had any intention of making positive changes to start with? I'm sorry, but the way Yamina's acting is insulting to the intellect, and I keep getting the feeling Bennett and company did this on purpose, more to harm the right than help it. Bennett and his colleagues were never qualified in the first place.

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