MK Meir Cohen
MK Meir CohenArutz Haknesset

During a session of the Knesset Plenum, MK Meir Cohen (Yesh Atid) attacked Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich (Religious Zionism) following the passing of the national budget, which included funding for haredi education.

"Shame on you; they conquered the south because of you; you abandoned them to be murdered. On what merit are you here? You are divisive," Cohen accused.

"I'm not discussing who's at fault now," Smotrich responded. "For two months, I've said that there will be enough time after the war for introspection. But I was not the one who supported the Oslo Accords, which started this terrible emission of terror from Gaza, I was beaten by police officers in the 8th grade when I protested this folly - 'don't give them guns,' we shouted. I wasn't the one who applauded during the evacuation of Gush Katif and said 'It will be okay, there will be peace and a new Middle East,' not I and not the camp from which I come."

The Minister added: "For years, we've been calling out against terrorism. For years I've said that we will need to reconquer Gaza; they made me out to be deranged and crazy. I will self-reflect, there will be those who will have to learn personal lessons, but I will not blame anyone; there is only one thing to blame for this, and it's called Hamas. Hamas and ISIS's Nazis are to blame. The blame and responsibility are only there."