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      Ya'alon Slams Bennett and Lapid: Don't Criticize Us

      Those who have never held public positions should not criticize those who have, says Minister Ya'alon.
      By Elad Benari, Canada
      First Publish: 1/11/2013, 10:40 PM

      Moshe Yaalon
      Moshe Yaalon
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      Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon slammed Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid and Habayit Hayehudi chairman Naftali Bennett on Friday, saying they should not criticize the Israeli government since they've never been in positions of power before.

      "In both Bennett's Jewish Home as well as in Yair Lapid's party there's a phenomenon where you have new people coming in and you cannot criticize them, simply because they never made any significant decisions," Ya'alon said during an event in Rishon LeZion, according to Channel 10 News.

      "There is a lack of humility, immaturity and irresponsibility [in attacking the government]," he continued. "First of all start as ministers in the Cabinet, start somewhere. Don't immediately strive to be Prime Minister. There are people standing in front of them with proven experience and a Prime Minister with seven years of experience. Some come with slogans, and that can be tempting, but we need a Prime Minister who can place both hands on the wheel and not engage in ensuring the survival of the coalition."

      Ya'alon also criticized Hatnua chairwoman Tzipi Livni, who has recently criticized the Likud for becoming "extremist" and has slammed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for not negotiating with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, despite the PA Chairman having repeatedly rejected calls to come to the table.

      "Every time a new illusion is invented for us," he charged. "If Tzipi Livni's flag is hope and peace, then there are many questions to be asked. She herself has experienced Abbas's refusal, so what are her election signs based on? She's making a huge mistake when she runs around the world saying that we are refusing to talk. It is irresponsible."

      Finally, he spoke of the government that Netanyahu will form after the elections, saying the Likud Beytenu would not reject any other party.

      "We are in favor of a unity government," he said, "but at the same time, whoever will enter the coalition will be obliged to follow our agenda. If they're willing to do so, the door is open to anyone."

      (Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)