Katz: 'Are People on Drugs?'

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz fires back at Livni's tirade against PM, says she has become 'unbalanced' since peace talks ceased.

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Yisrael Katz
Yisrael Katz
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Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) sharply criticized MK Tzipi Livni Sunday, following her crude tirade Saturday night against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. 

"Are people on drugs?" Katz asked on his Facebook page Sunday morning. "Yesterday we saw on the 'State of the Union' a fantasy character hurl unprecedented insults at the head of the government, and on what level!"

"Since we cut off ties with [Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud] Abbas she has simply become unbalanced," he added. "She's addicted to talks with the Palestinians and can't quit."

"Two potential Prime Ministers are better than an impotent Prime Minister,” Livni said of her unity pact with Labor leader MK Yitzhak Herzog on the show Saturday night. 

"Yitzhak and I decided to take out the garbage together," Livni said, hinting at Netanyahu. Host Lior Schlein commented that such a statement would not be accepted if it was uttered by one of the members of the show’s panel.

In the same interview, Livni used a curse word in Arabic when there was a question by the panel on the Arabic language and its status.

Livni, a former Justice Minister, was recently sacked by Netanyahu for - among other reasons - relentlessly criticizing the current government in the media despite repeated rebukes. 

"I did not get mutual support nor responsibility from government ministers," Netanyahu stated earlier this month, in explanations of the decision before elections were announced. "They attacked me over construction in Jerusalem and exposed me to criticism. They violate agreements obtained explicitly to provide real boosts to Israel's security and try to knock me down." 

He further demanded that "these ministers stop their subversions and attacks." 




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