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Lapid’s Yesh Atid: ‘Black day for Israeli democracy, Netanyahu will lead government of destruction’

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu on November 2, 2022 (left) and Prime Minister Yair Lapid in Tel Aviv on October 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov; Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu on November 2, 2022 (left) and Prime Minister Yair Lapid in Tel Aviv on October 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov; Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

The Yesh Atid party, which is about to transition from governing Israel to leading its opposition, says that the incoming government to be headed by Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu is a “government of destruction.”

Moments after Netanyahu received the mandate to form Israel’s 37th government, Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party releases a statement saying that today is “a black day for Israeli democracy.”

Attacking Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption charges, the statement accuses the prime minister-designate of being “easily extorted by his [coalition] partners,” and says their “common goal is to extricate him from his trial and bring the State of Israel backwards.”

Yesh Atid has criticized Netanyahu and the far-right and ultra-Orthodox parties with whom he’ll form Israel’s next government for pushing an anti-democratic agenda, which includes controversial judicial reform, curtailing LGBT rights and the intention to rollback religious reforms.

“We will never give up our country and liberal values, ​​and we will not allow our children’s futures to be harmed – we will fight united in the Knesset, in the town squares, and on the bridges until we replace the government of destruction with the government of change,” the statement says.

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