President Isaac Herzog issued a statement calling for political rhetoric to be toned down after MK Tzvika Fogel called for Opposition MKs Yair Lapid, Benny Gantz, Yair Golan, and Moshe Ya’alon to be arrested for “treason” and opposition MKs warned of a brewing “civil war.”
“The values of the Declaration of Independence are the compass of our country – I will not allow them to be harmed. This is a sensitive and explosive period for the Israeli public. I am awake to the voices heard here and there, and to all the pains, worries and anxieties. It keeps me busy non-stop,” Herzog said.
“In recent days, I have been working and holding talks with many parties and am doing everything with the aim of bringing about a dignified and respectful dialogue. I hope to reach as broad an understanding as possible. I am turning to you – elected officials and citizens of Israel from the entire public and political spectrum – show restraint and responsibility. We must calm the spirits and lower the the flames. We have no other country,” Herzog said.