'With remarks like this, the left will never return to power'

MK enraged after decorated reserve general alleges that renewed tensions with Syria were engineered by PM to distract from police probe.

Tzvi Lev ,

MK Moti Yogev
MK Moti Yogev
Hezki Ezra

MK Moti Yogev (Jewish Home) excoriated Reserve General Amiram Levin, a former Mossad deputy director and member of the Labor party, for insinuating that Netanyahu had engineered Saturday's clashes with Syria in order to distract the public from the ongoing police investigations into bribery investigations involving the premier.

Yogev told Arutz Sheva that Levin's allegations resulted from the decorated former general feeling upset over not being among the decision-makers in the Israeli government.

"It could be that he said this because he still hasn't found himself," said Yogev. "Levin was a brave and fierce warrior that suddenly finds himself with these leftist remarks, and generals like this will not help the Zionist Union return to power."

Yogev also praised the IDF's decision to bomb Syrian targets after an Israeli F-16 fighter jet was downed by the Assad government. "The Iranian government is concentrating its efforts in Syria in order to entrench itself and build a new front against Israel...It's good that Israel stood on its own red lines and took down the Iranian drone and operated inside Syria, even if it meant that our F-16 was shot down."

Levin had hinted to 103FM earlier that Netanyahu had chosen to escalate tensions with Syria in order to shift attention from the expected decision by the police to publish its finds of the lengthy investigation into Prime Minister Netanyahu. "Israel went overboard with its response," charged Levin.

Levin's remarks were also condemned by Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who said that he was appalled by Levin's "nonsense".

"I respect Levin - he shouldn't be saying such things," added Bennett. "Our concerns are strictly connected to national security."