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Official reveals Netanyahu is ‘repelled’ by female MP

Member of Knesset Miri Regev is known for her hardline statements about Arabs and African asylum seekers in Israel

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “repelled” by one of the two women who secured a seat in the next Knesset elections after ranking high in his party’s list, a high-ranking official close to the PM told the Haaretz newspaper Thursday.

Member of Knesset Miri Regev, a former spokeswoman for the Israeli army, is known for her hardline statements about Arabs and African asylum seekers in Israel.

“The prime minister is repelled by Regev’s style, her harshness and the image she is creating for the party,” the official said.

“Netanyahu has every reason to decide that Regev is unworthy of his government,” he added.

“She criticized Netanyahu publicly time and again, claiming that Likud during his time had ceased to be a social-justice party, and expressed sweeping opposition for his initiative to impose value-added tax on fruits and vegetables.”

Netanyahu will work towards barring Regev from any ministerial positions, the Haaretz reported adding that the PM said this week that he saw no link between placement of MKs on party lists and securing appointments in the cabinet.

Regev told a local news channel on Friday that she would push for the position of housing minister should Netanyahu form the next government, the Telegraph reported.

If she is appointed housing minister, she would be given influence over the expanding settlements in the Occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.