Likud MK brands anti-government protesters privileged, ‘violent, thuggish liars’

MK David Amsalem reacts during a plenum session of the Knesset on December 19, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
MK David Amsalem reacts during a plenum session of the Knesset on December 19, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

In stark contrast to the relative conciliatory tones struck today by other members of the ruling Likud party, MK David Amsalem launches a scathing attack on the protesters decrying the government’s legal overhaul plans.

“The leftists are the most violent, thuggish liars in the country,” Amsalem says from the Knesset podium. “We will go with the [judicial] revolution until the end, by hook or by crook, and those who break the law will go to jail.”

“Look what anarchy you’re causing, you bunch of thugs inciting to sedition,” he says.

Amsalem leads into claims by some right-wingers that the protest is led by privileged Israelis who want to continue holding the power at the expense of weaker parts of society, who supposedly back the overhaul.

“It’s true that most of us work at your houses and clean your gardens. I saw at the protest many shiny things, I later understood it was the Rolex watches of the protesters there. Look how many Mercedes cars there are there.”

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