Zionist Union Chairman Avi Gabbay attacked religious Zionist rabbis, saying that in times of public controversy they prefer to remain silent.
Gabbay spoke during a conference in Jerusalem and said, "Your silence echoed in the days of Oslo and reached its peak just before (former
prime minister Yitzhak) Rabin's murder. You have may have performed the public self examination then, but it passed the moment you returned to power."
Gabbay also noted that on the issue of women's conscription to the IDF, degradation of the LGBT community and discrimination of Arabs in housing, religious Zionist rabbis' voices were missing from the public debate.