PM's Aides Wallopp Bennett for 'Irresponsibility'

'You can't be in cabinet and opposition at same time,' Prime Minister's aide says in response to Jewish Home critiques over security.

Cynthia Blank ,

Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
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Sources close to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu lashed out at Education Minister Naftali Bennett, as well as other Jewish Home ministers, on Saturday for issuing critical remarks about the security situation in Israel. 

In response to the brutal murder of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin on Thursday, the Jewish Home chairman handed the Prime Minister a list of demands

Bennett tasked the government with backing security forces in their fight against terrorists, the immediate building of a neighborhood or town in response to each terrorist attack, and the immediate re-arrest and return to jail of terrorists freed in the Shalit deal.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked also joined the attack on Netanyahu on Friday, arguing the IDF was not doing enough in Judea-Samaria before overtly criticizing government policy. 

"Jewish Home isn't leading the state right now, it's the prime minister," Shaked told Channel 2. "He believes in the two state solution, we think it's a mistake. On the long term, we're talking about annexing Area C. I'm not saying we should do it now, but it's a plan that should be on the table."

Aides close to Netanyahu blasted Shaked and Bennett, with one asserting to Haaretz that "the claim the army's commanders and soldiers aren't getting the proper backing is false and outrageous."

"We are tired of ministers using the attack in a cynical manner to make political capital and raise suggestions that are already being carried out," he added.

"Some ministers [criticize] on Facebook and still don't understand the significance of being a cabinet member and the responsibility that comes with it. Ministers should express their opinion in internal forums and leave the operative security acts to the ministers and officials responsible for it."

"You can't be in the cabinet and in the opposition at the same time," the aide stressed. 



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