MK Orly Levy-Abekasis, who quit Yisrael Beiteinu, announces new party

Two years after quitting the Yisrael Beiteinu party two years ago over an ideological rift with its leader, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, MK Orly Levy-Abekasis has announced her plan to found a new party that will focus on social issues.
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MK Orly Levy-Abekasis, who quit the Yisrael Beiteinu party two years ago over an ideological rift with its leader, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, announced on Tuesday she is founding a new party, which she says will focus on social issues and fight against corruption.

Levy-Abekasis, the daughter of former Foreign Minister David Levy, said the goal of her campaign is "to bring as many high-quality and trustworthy people with no connections to moguls."

Since quitting Yisrael Beiteinu, Levy-Abekasis has been an independent member of the Knesset. "If I wanted to secure a seat or become a minister, believe me, I could have," she said. "I've had offers from many parties."

David Levy, who served in the Knesset for nearly 40 years as a member of Likud and has been a member of many governments, said of his daughter, "Orly isn't just smart, she's brave too. ... Many people, from all sectors and all parties, tell me how much they appreciate her work and are proud of her."



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