The leader of the Israeli Likud party, Benjamin Netanyahu, said that Israel will not be governed by the laws of Judaism.
The leader of the right-wing Likud party, Benjamin Netanyahu, who was tasked with forming a government in Israel, emphasized that Israel will not be governed by “Jewish laws”, influenced by far-right parties that will take part in their coalition and said: “We will continue to country of law.”
In a podcast called “Common Sense”, moderated by American writer Bari Weiss, Netanyahu spoke about coalition talks with far-right parties in Israel, concerns about the far-right and the government agenda.
When asked how he would respond to the demands of his far-right allies Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich, who are causing controversy in Israel due to their bigoted and discriminatory actions and views in coalition negotiations, Netanyahu said: “The Likud Party and frankly define the main or dominant policy of the government. I think I have more than a modest influence on this. Israel will not be subject to the laws of the Talmud (Judaism)… We will continue to be a land of law.”
In his assessment of the relationship between the far-right figures with whom he negotiates with the coalition and the terrorist acts of Jewish supremacy in the past, Netanyahu said: “No one can escape terrorism. If you are a Jew and commit a terrorist act, you will be punished in the same way. No one cares, the act should not be judged by the person who committed the crime.” used phrases.
“Red Line of the Ministry of Defense”
Commenting on the Defense Ministry’s request for far-right ally Smotrych for coalition talks, Netanyahu said: “It’s a red line. Protection will remain with us (Likud). Protection is not just a title, as you might think. This means more than just blocking incoming missiles. This means choosing a policy that can be very provocative. I try to avoid it.” gave his assessment.
Netanyahu has listed the main goals of the government he is preparing to form as countering the Iranian threat by “trying to destroy himself” by normalizing relations with Saudi Arabia, which he says will “end the Arab-Israeli conflict, if not the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.” and “turning Israel into an innovative nation”.
Netanyahu, whose corruption cases are ongoing, said of judicial reform: “There must be a balance between the three heads of administration. This balance is largely upset by the uncontrolled judiciary in Israel. To fix this is not to destroy democracy, but to preserve it.” used the phrase.
“I think Trump was wrong”
When asked to dine with former US President Donald Trump’s anti-Semitic rhetorician, rapper Kanye West and white supremacist commentator Nick Fuentes, who is also known for his Holocaust denial, Netanyahu replied that the meeting was “Trump’s mistake.”
Defending what Trump has done for Israel, Netanyahu said, “Trump has been a big supporter of Israel and I am unequivocally applauded for what he has done for Israel. “I think he made a mistake, I hope he doesn’t repeat it,” he said.
Netanyahu wants to console the Jews of the USA
Washington correspondent for Haaretz newspaper Ben Samuels wrote in his article that he discussed the interview in question, that Netanyahu was trying to allay the fears of the US Jewish community about far-right extremists who were preparing to take power in Israel. .
Samuels, despite suggestions made by Netanyahu in an interview, sent the Department of Homeland Security, whose powers were expanded by the security forces, away from the “Kahanist movement towards Itamar Ben Gvir”, which the US once considered a terrorist organization, to illegal Jewish settlements on occupied West Bank. He also indicated that he transferred powers to Bezalel Smotrich.
The article notes that although Netanyahu was not asked about the corruption cases during the interview, he signaled reform of the judiciary.
Israeli elections point to far-right government
In an early general election held on November 1 in Israel, which has been in a spiral of early elections and coalition crisis in recent years, the right-wing bloc led by former prime minister and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu won a clear victory, sending 64 deputies to the 120-seat parliament.
Israeli President Isaac Herzog instructed Netanyahu to form a government on November 13.
The right-wing bloc, led by Netanyahu, consists of the religious parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, as well as the far-right parties Religious Zionism and Jewish Power.
Prime ministerial candidate Netanyahu, 73, is in talks with these parties to form a coalition.
For Netanyahu’s government to win a vote of confidence, it needs the support of 61 members of the Israeli parliament, which has 120 members.
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