'Bennett is right, the IDF should speak more reservedly'

Justice Minister says Education Minister correctly criticized IDF spokesman, notes democracy allows such criticism; discusses investigation.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Ayelet Shaked
Ayelet Shaked
Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) on Wednesday morning supported Education Minister Naftali Bennett's (Jewish Home) statement that the IDF should not apologize for killing terrorists.

On Tuesday, Bennett said, "We must not apologize for eliminating terrorists... I’ll remind anyone who needs to be reminded that the tunnel was blown up inside of Israeli territory, and its purpose was to murder Israelis... The IDF’s goal is to prevent [attacks] and to strive for victory."

"Bennett did not make a mistake," Shaked told Channel 12. "The IDF should talk less.

"In the past, the IDF carried out successful operations, and no one said a word. Now, the IDF spokesperson gives mass briefings to the press. Bennett was only responding to that. In a democratic country, you are allowed to criticize the army spokesperson."

Regarding the proposal to shield sitting prime ministers from investigations, Shaked said Coalition Chairman David Bitan (Likud) agreed to delay the discussion.

The law was never intended to apply to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's current term.

Police are looking into gifts from wealthy supporters of Netanyahu and suspicions he sought a secret deal with Arnon (Noni) Mozes, the publisher of leftist newspaper Yediot Aharonot.

"We said we wanted to look into it," she explained. "David Bitan is an excellent coalition chairman, and we work together with him."

"If the Prime Minister is indicted for taking bribes, that's not something you can sweep under the rug."

Regarding the proposal to forbid Israel Police from publishing a recommendations at the end of each investigation, Shaked noted that the recommendation was mostly for the media's benefit.

"The Prosecutor's Office knows the legal issues well," she explained. "We need the Prosecutor's Office and the Attorney General to be able to weigh things properly. There will be transparency, but there is no reason for it to be so early. We must not lynch politicians."

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