Liberman to Bennett: Stop asking so many questions

Drama in Cabinet meeting; Defense Minister, angry at Bennett's critical questions, tells officers to stop answering him.

Shai Landesman,

Avigdor Liberman (C)
Avigdor Liberman (C)
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Last night's (Saturday) Cabinet meeting saw an unusual confrontation between two of its most senior members.

As the meeting - in which measures to counter the recent spate of attacks were discussed - was in progress, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman became irritated at Education Minister Naftali Bennett's incessant questioning of the IDF representatives in attendance, according to a Channel 2 report.

Liberman felt that Bennett's tone had become too critical, and the Defense Minister eventually directed the IDF officers to stop answering Bennett's questions.

Bennett had already asked dozens of questions when Liberman first asked him to stop. When Bennett refused to comply, continuing to ask questions in a critical tone as before, Liberman decided to order the military representatives to cease responding.

This incident in symptomatic of a more general displeasure in the Cabinet with Bennett's recent conduct; specifically his public criticism of the Cabinet. "You can't make a mockery of the Cabinet in the media, speaking of recycled resolutions and implying it's a foolish body," said one of the Ministers, "this is a vote of no confidence in the government and the security apparatus, and things cannot continue like this."  

The Cabinet adopted several policy resolutions in the meeting, among them are the prevention of the transfer of funds to the families of terrorists - a topic about which Bennett spoke with Arutz Sheva this morning, and the destruction of several dozen illegal Palestinian buildings.

A proposal by Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz to detain and interrogate families of terrorists on suspicion of ties to terror was also adopted, and has already been implemented.

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