Netanyahu to rebel Yamina MK: ‘You deserve deep gratitude, unlike your friends’

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Netanyahu to rebel Yamina MK: ‘You deserve deep gratitude, unlike your friends’
Opposition leader lauds Amichai Chikli after MK’s maiden Knesset speech in which he says he’ll work against ‘forces that seek to blur difference between truth and falsehood’
By Raoul Wootliff
3 August 2021

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu lauded renegade Yamina MK Amichai Chikli Tuesday, in an address welcoming the rookie lawmaker to the Knesset after the latter gave his official maiden speech in parliament. “You deserve deep gratitude for your principled position, unlike your friends who have broken every single promise,” Netanyahu said of Chikli’s decision to vote against the new government headed by his party’s chair Naftali Bennett.

“You are deeply appreciated beyond this hall as well,” Netanyahu said in the traditional response to a maiden speech given by a veteran MK — and chosen by the newcomer. Chikli voted against the establishment of the new coalition, which spans right-wing, centrist, left-wing and Islamist parties and has a razor-thin Knesset majority, even though it made his own party leader Bennett prime minister. He subsequently said he would vote with the coalition on most matters, seemingly giving it a cushion.

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