Jewish Home party rejects Netanyahu cabinet 'spin'

PM's nod to demand by Education Min. Naftali Bennett to overhaul Security Cabinet rejected by Bennett's party as mere spin.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced changes to the intelligence sharing process in the Security Cabinet, in a move to placate demands by Jewish Home leader and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who has threatened not to support the coalition agreement with Yisrael Beytenu if changes aren't made. 

The PM's office announced the formation of a committee "to recommend ways to update and transfer data to the cabinet ministers, and their preparations for meetings while upholding the security of the information."

The committee will present its conclusions in three weeks' time.

"The team will be headed by the former chief of the National Security Council, Major General (res.) Yaakov Amidror, and its members comprise former military secretary Maj. Gen. (res.) Yohanan Locker, and Yoseph Ciechanover, who previously served as legal adviser to the defense establishment and to the director general of the Foreign Ministry," the statement added.

However, Bennett's party immediately rejected the move as "spin," saying it fell far short of the meaningful changes he was calling for.

"Neutralizing the cabinet endangers lives in a clear and imminent manner, and no spin will cover this up," the Jewish Home party shot back in a statement.

Bennett had received support for his calls from the opposition as well, in the form of his one-time ally, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid.

"Bennett is right. As a condition to expand the coalition he is demanding only one thing: a deep repair in the work of the Security Cabinet. As someone who sat with him in the Cabinet, I can testify that the current situation is not reasonable," Lapid wrote on Facebook.

Bennett is demanding the appointment of special military secretaries and easier access to sensitive intelligence information to Security Cabinet ministers, following a report revealing faults in the Security Cabinet's functioning in Operation Protective Edge and the Second Lebanon War.