The Democratic Majority for Israel expresses its concern regarding Religious Zionism’s strong showing in yesterday’s election.
“We cannot help but be deeply troubled by the fact that an anti-democratic and extremist party led by Kahanist Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich will gain a larger foothold in the Knesset,” the group says. “While this party only represents about 10% of Israeli voters, it may wield outsize political influence as former prime minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu can only put together a governing coalition with its support.”
“DMFI has repeatedly reiterated our belief that this party should have no place in Israel’s governing coalition,” the group says, while asserting that the US-Israel relationship will “survive having Kahanists in the Knesset.”
It also notes its respect for Israel’s robust democracy, which includes “parties ranging from the far left to the far right.”