'Bennett wants to drag the entire country into a war'

Yisrael Katz slams Naftali Bennett for criticizing things 'to gain political points' and trying to escalate situation with Gaza.

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Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) attacked Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) on Sunday morning.

"Cabinet members should not criticize things just to gain political points. Here is a Cabinet minister and the head of a small party who wants to escalate the situation with Gaza because of his political interests," Katz said. "He wants to drag the entire country into a war. This is a very grave situation.

"Bennett is trying to widen his group of supporters at the expense of national interests, and this has to stop. I intend to fight how the Cabinet handed Operation Protective Edge in 2014."

Both Bennett and Katz are members of Israel's Security Cabinet.

Regarding Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's upcoming meeting with US President Donald Trump, Katz said, "It's obvious that Israel is an independent country. But if we are friendly with other countries, we need to speak abut expectations and come to understandings with them."

A Jewish Home spokesperson said, "Minister Katz is running a campaign to replace Netanyahu, and has even founded a special staff to plan for his replacement. Katz is attempting to bolster his campaign with personal attacks against other government ministers.

"It would be better if he went back to his work on resolving Route 1's traffic jams and reducing the number of road accidents, instead of attempting to drag the Jewish Home into his duels against Netanyahu."