'Bennett is working to topple Netanyahu'

Likud hits back after Naftali Bennett accuses Netanyahu of seeking to bring down the government for his own benefit.

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Naftali Bennett and Binyamin Netanyahu
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The Likud party hit back at Jewish Home head and Education Minister Naftali Bennett after he accused Prime Minister Netanyahu of attempting to bring down the government in order to hold a snap election that would benefit him.

In a sharp statement, the Likud accused Bennett of trying to harm the coalition in order to become prime minister. "While Prime Minister Netanyahu is busy solving the crisis and stabilizing the right-wing government, Bennett is busy with a personal election campaign," said a Likud source.

"If Bennett was really concerned about the right-wing government, he would pledge to remain in the government until the end of his term in November 2019. But Bennett's last interest is to stabilize Netanyahu's national government. As he said this morning, Bennett is trying to bring down Prime Minister Netanyahu and get himself a job."

Bennett had hinted on Sunday that he would challenge Netanyahu for the prime minister position if the prime minister pushed for new elections. "We are not a third world country where there are new elections every two years," Bennett told Army Radio "I want to tell the country that new elections are pointless."

"Holding elections for someone's personal benefit isn't right," added Bennett. "If we go there than we will have to reconsider backing the prime minister".

Earlier, Bennett accused Netanyahu of creating a "fake crisis" with the haredi parties in order to topple the government and hold early elections that would be beneficial to him. "This is a fictitious crisis that can be solved, everything depends on Netanyahu's wishes, and the public will not forgive anyone that causes early elections," Bennett told Kan.