Bennett and Shaked's 'New Right' Party Will Bring a Second Oslo Accords Disaster, Says Israeli Minister

Culture Minister Miri Regev claimed that the two new party leaders took advantage of the settlers who voted for them

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Israel's Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev.
Israel's Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev. Credit: Marc Israel Sellem

Minister of Culture Miri Regev criticized the new Hayamin Hehadash right-wing party, saying that Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked's move could bring to a "second Oslo accords disaster."

In an interview for Kan TV station, Regev also said that "Netanyahu can continue with his post until the courts say otherwise," and that it's unlikely that the Attorney General will proceed with the charging ahead of the general election, scheduled for April 9.

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"Bennet and Shaked's big move was to abandon Habayit Hayehudi," claimed Regev in the interview. She added that they took advantage of the settlers who voted for them, and that she felt offended on their behalf .

"What is Bennet and Shaked's agenda? Who are their real voters? If their intention was to imitate Likud, then they did a poor job," said Regev.

Referring to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ongoing investigation, the minister said that "the Attorney General doesn’t have the final word. The court determines if Netanyahu will be indicted or not… He [Netanyahu] will arrive at court merely as a suspect."

According to Regev, Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit must abstain from charging Netanyahu before the upcoming election, in order to not affect their course.

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Regev also said in the interview that "In the State of Israel there is only place for one people in Israel – the Jewish people." She said that Arabs should have a separate status, and that "national status should only be for one people."

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