PM condemns incitement against new coalition, but says he suffers terribly too

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

Responding to incitement against Knesset members from the bloc of parties set to be sworn in as a government that would replace him, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he “condemns all incitement and violence.” He adds immediately that “incitement against us is also rampant.”

“For a long time, there have been terrible calls against us. To murder me and my family, my wife,” he says at the opening of a Likud faction meeting in the Knesset.

Continuing, he says, “In principle, it needs to be clear and consistent to all: Incitement, and violence, and incitement to violence will always be out of bounds. And yet it is important to clarify, and I do so now: Freedom of expression is not incitement. Criticism from the right cannot be treated as incitement and criticism from the left as a legitimate act of freedom of expression. That is an attempt to frame the right as something dangerous for democracy.”

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