Likud divided over protests targeting Yamina MKs

Senior Likud lawmakers sharply divided over whether party should aggressively target Yamina MKs with protests outside their homes.

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Likud lawmakers are continuing to deliberate Sunday on whether the party should organize protests outside the homes of Yamina MKs – or whether the Likud should limit such protests to public squares, away from the private residences of Yamina lawmakers.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the Yamina party at the Likud faction meeting Sunday, and vowed to work to undermine the incoming national unity government, set to be headed by Yamina chief Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid.

Netanyahu also defended protests outside of Yamina officials’ homes, decrying a Facebook ban on social media users who encouraged demonstrations at the home of MK Nir Orbach.

"It is impossible to shut their mouths. Facebook blocked posts by right-wingers because they published the address of MK Nir Orbach for right-wing demonstrations and left posts by left-wingers who posted exactly the same address.”

Deputy Health Minister Yoav Kisch, MK May Golan, and MK Osnat Mark spoke out at the Likud faction meeting Sunday in favor of protests outside of Yamina MKs’ homes.

But several top Likud lawmakers, including Transportation Minister Miri Regev, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, and Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel expressed opposition to such protests.

“I am opposed to protests outside of public figures’ homes,” said Gamliel. “Their families don’t need to be part of the political fight.”