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Haredi party chief denies saying Netanyahu shouldn’t lead opposition

United Torah Judaism MK Moshe Gafni speaks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) in the Knesset on November 24, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90/File)
United Torah Judaism MK Moshe Gafni speaks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) in the Knesset on November 24, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90/File)

The leader of an ultra-Orthodox party denies making comments that implied he thought the opposition should consider picking a leader other than Likud’s Benjamin Netanyahu.

“What was published in my name, that we supposedly do not support Netanyahu for prime minister, is not true,” Gafni says in a statement, according to the Israel National News site.

Gafni is responding to a Ynet report that said the United Torah Judaism leader believes the opposition should think carefully when deciding who could form a potential government after Yamina’s Idit Silman quit the coalition.

Last year Gafni said that perhaps the Likud party should have replaced Netanyahu as leader in order to avert the formation of the current government.

As the coalition was sworn in last June, Gafni said Netanyahu stepping aside to let a different Likud lawmaker form a government “may have been the right thing to do.”

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