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Likud MK slams UTJ leader for suggesting party could leave Netanyahu-led bloc

Likud MK Miri Regev speaking to the media after testifying to the state commission of inquiry into the tragedy at Mount Meron on May 24, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Likud MK Miri Regev speaking to the media after testifying to the state commission of inquiry into the tragedy at Mount Meron on May 24, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Likud MK Miri Regev castigates United Torah Judaism leader Moshe Gafni, who has suggested that his party is not necessarily 100% loyal to the right-wing bloc led by opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

“With all due respect to what Gafni said, he will do what his rabbinic advisory board tells him,” Regev says in an interview with Ynet. “They know that only the nationalist camp is a suitable partner.”

She claims that such comments from Gafni will cost UTJ seats in the November 1 election, which will go to far-right MK Itamar Ben-Gvir instead: “Ben-Gvir is taking a bite out of the Haredi parties and taking 2-3 seats from them. The person causing this is Gafni.”

This week Gafni criticized Likud MKs for boycotting Knesset committees over the past year, and earlier this month he said that UTJ is “not left-wing and not right-wing,” but the UTJ leader has not explicitly distanced himself from Netanyahu.

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