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Liberman slams Likud for opposing settler bill, suggests delaying Monday vote

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

Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks during a Yisrael Beytenu faction meeting at the Knesset on May 30, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks during a Yisrael Beytenu faction meeting at the Knesset on May 30, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman blasts opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party for refusing to back a bill renewing the application of civil and criminal Israeli law to Israelis living in West Bank settlements, which is slated to be voted on by the Knesset later today.

“I think that Netanyahu and his friends’ position doesn’t surprise anyone,” Liberman says at faction meeting of his Yisrael Beytenu party.

“MK Miri Regev doesn’t care about anything. Not about rape, not about soldiers, and of course not about settlements,” he adds, referring to recently recorded comments by the Likud lawmaker on opposing the government.

“For power, anything is permitted” to her.

Liberman also says a vote on the bill doesn’t have to be held today, with the coalition currently appearing to lack a majority to pass an extension of the measure.

“We have time until the end of June…. We have to get organized, we have to be smart. And at the end of the day, we’ll pass the Judea and Samaria Regulation Law like every other law,” he says.

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