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Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin says emerging government is based on ‘abysmal hatred’

Raoul Wootliff is the The Times of Israel's political correspondent.

Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin says at the opening of the Likud faction meeting that “a government based on abysmal hatred is about to be formed, not only toward the prime minister but toward all the values ​​we stand for. This is a government that will be helpless vis-à-vis Iran; will stop the settlement in Judea and Samaria.”

He said the government would be “the dream government of the judiciary that will continue to take the power of the Knesset and the government with increasing force.”

Commenting on rising incitement against Knesset members from the bloc of parties set to form the new government, Levin says that double standards are being applied when it comes to criticism from the right.

He said the criticism heard today of methods used by pro-Netanyahu activists is not heard against “the endless incitement” against the prime minister.

“I condemned it then and I condemn with the same sharpness all incitement and violence today,” Levin says.

“But it is also our responsibility to act in accordance with the mandate we have received from the public, to do the right thing for the benefit of the state, even when it involves discomfort,” he says of the Likud efforts to torpedo the new government.

“We will continue to fight alongside you for a right-wing government and not a left-wing government,” he says, addressing Netanyahu. “We in Likud must maintain unity and side with Netanyahu in this struggle. ”

Levin also criticizes the emerging coalition for having “failed” to publish its coalition agreements, saying that it is scared to “reveal what they are giving away in these bad agreements.”

The new coalition is only obligated to publish the agreements 24 hours before the swearing-in ceremony of the new government, for which Levin has not yet announced a date.

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