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.”