Daily Israel Report

Yaalon Asked Netanyahu: Get Danon Under Control

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon reportedly asked Prime Minister to talk to his deputy over his comments about a two-state solution.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 6/11/2013, 2:16 AM

Netanyahu and Yaalon
Netanyahu and Yaalon
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Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, outraged over comments recently made by his deputy, Danny Danon, has reportedly asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to have a talk with Danon.

According to a Channel 10 News report on Monday, Yaalon was angry over Danon’s interview with the Times of Israel in which he said that Israel was against the so-called “two-state solution” and that if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu brings the issue of a Palestinian state to a vote in the government, nobody will vote in favor.

After Yaalon turned to Netanyahu to protest over Danon’s remarks, Netanyahu sent two advisors to reprimand Danon, the report claimed.

Netanyahu’s office was quick to distance itself from Danon’s statements, saying on Saturday they “do not represent the position of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the government of Israel.” Danon, however, was unfazed, noting that the idea of a two-state solution does not have majority backing in the Israeli public, in the Likud movement – or in the government.

A senior official attacked Danon over the comments, telling Channel 10 News, “Danny Danon presents the Prime Minister and the ministers as liars.”

The office of the Prime Minister denied that any advisers had been sent to rebuke Danon. The Deputy Prime Minister himself told Channel 10, "Just today I sat with Yaalon for about an hour. We have a good working relationship and will continue to work together."