Silman publicly urges her ‘friends in Yamina and New Hope’ to quit coalition

MK Idit Silman leads a Health Committee meeting at the Knesset on February 28, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)
MK Idit Silman leads a Health Committee meeting at the Knesset on February 28, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)

In her first televised interview since resigning from the coalition, Yamina MK Idit Silman tells Channel 12 that the “gradual erosion” of Israel’s Jewish identity under the watch of the current government is what led her to quit.

She claims that the status quo regarding the public upholding of the Sabbath along with other issues pertaining to religion and state have been violated by the government and that nobody from within is stopping it from taking place.

“Nobody is prepared to stand up to the Yisrael Beytenu party… on kashrut, conversion, the Reform Western Wall, the Temple Mount, on Torah study,” Silman tells Channel 12, listing issues regarding which the government has sought to issue reforms.

Silman claims she was not promised anything in exchange for resigning from the coalition, and instead suggests she was offered lots in exchange for staying.

“I could have gotten anything I wanted here and now,” says the former coalition whip, adding that she “followed [her] heart” and gave up on “the job of my life” by resigning from the coalition.

While she admits to having been under immense criticism for remaining in the government, Silman argues that it took “a lot of courage” to leave the coalition.

She adds that those who have intensely criticized her and her family in recent months were doing so from a place of pain, after Yamina violated its election promises.

Silman justifies her decision to leave the coalition, saying Yamina voters “got the opposite” of what they were promised before the election.

“This government has lost its way.”

Asked who will be defecting next, Silman responds that the next resignation “is only a matter of time.”

“The government is living on borrowed time… It’s not only that it has no Knesset majority, it has no majority among the people.”

Turning to “her friends” in the Yamina and New Hope right-wing coalition parties, Silman says, “The country is important and its fate is in your hands.”

“The train has already left the station,” Silman says, urging them to get on.

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