Yahadus Hatorah and UTJ would be happy to join Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s governing coalition if Finance Minister Yair Lapid removes his Yesh Atid party over socioeconomic issues, Yahadus Hatorah MK Moshe Gafni said today.
Lapid has said that he would quit the coalition if taxes are raised, if he does not get what he wants in the 2015 state budget, or if his 0% VAT housing plan is not passed.
“[Netanyahu] does not want to go to elections,” Gafni said on Army Radio. “It is reasonable to assume that if Lapid departs due to the [housing] matter, [Netanyahu] has another option. Chareidim can enter. We are a million times cheaper than him. We are more loyal, as the prime minister has said.”
Gafni criticized Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman for telling reporters on Sunday that he opposes having Yahadus Hatorah and Shas instead of Yesh Atid in the coalition, stating that such a move would cost 3.5 billion shekel in increased payments to yeshivos.
“It’s unprecedented chutzpah and it is fitting for him because he doesn’t care about the country. He only cares about his internal politics. We cost less than those parties threatening all the time to book from the coalition. What Lieberman said is a lie and totally untrue. He should not have said it, even if he wanted to gain politically from it, and he didn’t even gain. He is going down in the polls.”