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Likud's Regev draws criticism for claims 'white DNA' rules party

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Former Transportation Minister Miri Regev at a ceremony at the Transportation Ministry in Jerusalem on June 14, 2021.
Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90Former Transportation Minister Miri Regev at a ceremony at the Transportation Ministry in Jerusalem on June 14, 2021.

Former Transport Minister has already mentioned her wish to become Prime Minister one day

Former Likud Minister Miri Regev has aroused the anger of several members of his party, after denouncing the "white DNA" of the leadership of the right-wing party.

In an interview with the daily Yedioth Ahronoth on Friday, Regev, noted that many senior positions in Israel have never been filled by Mizrahi (or "Eastern") Jews since the founding of the country, although the majority of Likud supporters come from this community.

However, most of the oldest members of Likud, who are chosen in internal primaries, are of Ashkenazi descent, as were all the leaders of the party.

"If Likud members continue to elect leaders with white DNA, another Likud will emerge. A real Likud Mizrahi who will give the Mizrahim a voice that has been excluded for years," she said.

She added on Saturday by saying on Channel 13 that "there is (in Israel) a Western elite that controls most of the centers of power. It is unacceptable that after 73 years there has not been a prime man or woman Mizrahi prime minister, nor the president of the Supreme Court, Mizrahi man or woman, ”she added.

"I think that the day after [former prime minister Benjamin] Bibi Netanyahu leaves, Likud members will have to look inward," she told the newspaper. "We have excellent, very good Mizrahis who can lead Likud," she added.

Regev, 56, who has already mentioned her wish to one day become prime minister, was born in Israel to a father of Moroccan origin and a mother of Spanish origin.

Several Likud MPs accused the former transport minister of wanting to replace Netanyahu now that the party is no longer in power.

"Anyone who says, 'I will run for Likud leadership after Netanyahu' probably secretly wishes that day would come, and maybe even take action to make it happen," MP Amir Ohana said on Saturday. on Channel 12.

"Her comments are strange. Miri Regev has voted for the Ashkenazi Netanyahu for all these years... Why is she suddenly having ethnic considerations?" he told Kol Barama radio.

Finally, Tzachi Hanegbi told Channel 12: “My mother was a Mizrahi leader and she could have been a very good prime minister, but not because she was the daughter of a Yemeni father and a Moroccan mother, but thanks to his personality. This is how Likud leaders are elected."