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Coalition whip goes after Herzog: ‘He’s pointing an accusing finger at us’

Likud faction chair MK Ofir Katz, leads a Knesset House Committee hearing, February 5, 2023. (Oren Ben Hakoon/Flash90)
Likud faction chair MK Ofir Katz, leads a Knesset House Committee hearing, February 5, 2023. (Oren Ben Hakoon/Flash90)

Likud MK Ofir Katz, who holds the post of coalition whip, hits out at President Isaac Herzog for suggesting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government bore the brunt of the blame for the failed efforts to reach compromise on judicial reform.

“On the eve of Tisha B’av, the president’s message is particularly saddening,” Katz, says in a statement. “Instead of sending a message of reconciliation and and joining the coalition’s calls to resume dialogue, he points an accusing finger at the coalition.”

Katz also accuses Herzog of ignoring the opposition, who he again blames opposition leaders for the breakdown of negotiations.

In his earlier remarks, Herzog said those who are in power have “the greater responsibility — even if not exclusive — for finding solutions.”

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