Netanyahu Hits Back After Criticism on Deal With Kahanists: Left Is Joining Forces With Islamists

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to Facebook on Saturday evening to hit back at critics who denounced his endorsement of a merger between Israeli right-wing parties Habayit Hayehudi and Otzma Yehudit, whose members are supporters of the late extremist, racist Rabbi Meir Kahane. 

"What hypocrisy and double standards by the left," the premier wrote in a post on his official Facebook page. "They denounce a bloc on the right with right-wing parties while the left has acted to put extreme Islamists into the Knesset in order to create a bloc that would overtake the right," he wrote. 

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– Followers of the racist Rabbi Kahane might make it to the Knesset