Aryeh Deri
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Shas chairman MK Aryeh Deri spoke about the war in an interview with Channel 12 News on Tuesday evening and stated that, in his opinion, the government and the defense establishment both failed.

"We underestimated our enemies, we lived with the feeling that we were the strongest and best army," Deri said, adding, "Our first duty as a government is to provide protection to our citizens, I'm not talking about quality of life. This is where the government failed, the army failed and the Shin Bet failed."

"I have been accompanying governments and cabinets for almost 40 years, there have never been so many fateful and dynamic decisions that need to be made every moment," he said.

Deri commented on the political situation and said, "I believe that both [Yair] Lapid and [Avigdor] Liberman will eventually join the emergency government. On that Saturday night [when it was falsely reported that Liberman would be joining the government], the Prime Minister and I called Liberman together and tried to get him in - we haven't spoken since."

On the security situation, he said, "There will still be a lot of time to analyze the situation, but there is no doubt that there was an unprecedented act of deceit under our eyes, not thousands of kilometers away, right next to us, everyone seeing everything [Hamas is doing] but commenting that that it is only training. We never imagined that we were dealing with such murderers who are capable of acting with such cruelty."