Uri Ariel: Deputy Chief of Staff should apologize

Agriculture Minister insists Yair Golan's comparison of Israel to Nazi Germany was from the wrong person at the wrong time.

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Uri Ariel
Uri Ariel
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Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's response to State Comptroller Yosef Shapira's as-yet-unseen draft report on failures during 2014 Operation Protective Edge in Gaza on Sunday.

Ariel told Arutz Sheva that Netanyahu needs to "learn from" the report instead of rejecting it. 

"It's good that the State Comptroller writes reports like this and it's good that he does it shortly after events, so it doesn't become ancient history for us," Ariel said. "We are facing a phenomenon of terror tunnels all the time and I regret very much the tongue-lashing senior politicians have given the State Comptroller." 

Ariel rejected the notion aired by sources close to Neatnyahu that Shapira, and his report, are "not serious" - saying that anyone who believes Shapira glossed over some aspects, and not others, of the Gaza war didn't read the document. 

He also called for investigation over how the report was leaked to the press.

"The fact that the report was leaked is a very serious issue," he stated. "We need to investigate how it was leaked and take care of the problem at its roots." 

"Golan should apologize"

The Minister of Agriculture also had serious complaints about the words of Deputy Chief of Staff Yair Golan, who infamously compared Israel to Nazi Germany during his Holocaust Remembrance Day speech last Wednesday night.

"This is a very big failure - mainly because it's the Deputy Chief of Staff saying these things," he said. "You can't argue here that this isn't a problem." 

"It's even more serious that he did not apologize for the things he said, fundamentally," he added. "When you do wrong, you need to know how to fix it." 

Ariel further blasted leftist politicians who blamed the right for Golan's statement, saying flat-out that the comparison is "not true." 

Nonetheless, he maintained that criticizing Israeli society is acceptable - but not on Holocaust Remembrance Day, and not when you're the Deputy Chief of IDF staff. 

"All the world will use his words against Israel," he lamented.