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Yesh Atid: We respect Herzog framework, will continue to oppose government

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Head of the Yesh Atid party MK Yair Lapid speaks during a faction meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on March 13, 2023. (Erik Marmor/Flash90)
Head of the Yesh Atid party MK Yair Lapid speaks during a faction meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on March 13, 2023. (Erik Marmor/Flash90)

Opposition leader Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party does not explicitly say that it backs President Isaac Herzog’s judicial framework, but states that it will approach it with “respect” for Herzog’s position and the seriousness of his effort, as well as the “values that underlie it.”

Warning of the deep divisions and forecasted economic and security harm tied to the current judicial overhaul debate, Yesh Atid slams coalition members for dismissing Herzog’s proposal out of hand.

“The coalition’s response to the outline is contempt for the institution of the presidency, complete disdain for the gravity of the moment, and erasure of the idea that we are one nation,” the statement says.

“As long as the coalition continues its gallop towards extreme and predatory legislation, the danger to Israeli democracy has not passed and we will continue to fight for a Jewish, democratic, liberal and strong Israel,” the party’s statement reads.

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