Against the backdrop of talks about rebellion in the Likud, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Yuli Edelstein, clarified this morning that his words were taken out of context, and he did not say at any stage that he would support the judicial reform only if it had broad consensus.
In an interview with Ynet radio, Edelstein said: "Be precise in my words, I did not say that I would only support legislation with a broad consensus. All I said is that I will not lend a hand to irresponsible progress, those who do not clarify with me probably do not want my cooperation."
Edelstein added that "just as there are extremist elements that harm Likud, there is an extremist group in the protest that is really panicking right now."
As mentioned, in a Saturday night interview with Channel 12 News, Edelstein said, "We fell asleep on guard duty, I'm not afraid to admit a mistake. This story that every time there is a compromise someone vetoes the coalition and threatens - is over. So, I announce: From now on, they will coordinate with me on what goes up, how it goes up, and if not? Well, that's a sign that they don't need my vote."
In Likud, they responded to reports of a rebellion in the party and said: "Everyone wants to reach agreements and should make a maximum effort to do so - but not give the veto to the other side. Contrary to the opinion of many, the Prime Minister passed the amendment on The Clause of Reasonability, and contrary to the opinion of many, he also called for a halt until November in order to reach agreements. Prime Minister Netanyahu will work with all his might to lead the continuation of the legislation with broad agreements in the future as well, as far as possible."