Unveiling party slate, Liberman pledges not to enter coalition with Haredim

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman unveils his party’s slate for the March 23 elections.

MK Oded Forer gets the second slot in the secularist right-wing party, followed by, in descending order, MKs Evgeny Sova, Eli Avidar, Yulia Malinovsky, Hamad Amar, and Alex Kushnir. Professor Yossi Shein gets the eighth slot, attorney Limor Magen-Telem is placed ninth, and Dr. Elina Bardatz is 10th.

“Yisrael Beytenu won’t enter a coalition with Shas or United Torah Judaism,” says Liberman. “We cannot rehabilitate the economy and reach equal rights and obligations so long as Shas and United Torah Judaism are tipping the scales. I am telling Saar and Lapid, don’t have any illusions about this.”

“From the second round [of elections], we have stood against what is happening in the ultra-Orthodox community. For years, I have tried to reach compromises on religion and state and on the issue of integrating the Haredi public in Israeli society. But my conclusion is that the other side is not willing to make any compromises, any concessions. Even a small concession. We see this in the fight against the coronavirus, there are no concessions,” adds Liberman.

Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman wears a protective face mask during a faction meeting in Tel Aviv on June 7, 2020. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

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