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Yamina defector Silman to Zman Yisrael: ‘I’ve been given no promises for the future’

Shalom Yerushalmi is the political analyst for Zman Israel, The Times of Israel’s Hebrew current affairs website

Yamina MK Idit Silman chairs a Knesset Arrangements Committee meeting on November 8, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Yamina MK Idit Silman chairs a Knesset Arrangements Committee meeting on November 8, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Yamina defector Idit Silman speaks exclusively to our sister site Zman Yisrael.

Silman denies reports she has sealed a deal with Likud for future governmental positions in exchange for leaving the coalition.

“I’ve been given no promises for the future. There are no agreements. On the contrary, I’m being offered everything to stay. I’m being offered the role of health minister. But I won’t go for it.”

She insists that “there is no opportunism here on my part. I don’t need jobs. I had a a great job” as coalition whip.

She says she left because of an erosion of her party’s right-wing values, and not specifically because of the much-publicized fight over hametz in hospitals on Passover.

She insists that a right-wing government is possible, apparently believing New Hope and its leader Gideon Sa’ar may be persuaded to reconsider their refusal to serve under Benjamin Netanyahu.

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