Ya’alon slams Israeli PM Netanyahu, says he’s "busy with political survival"

Israel’s former defense minister Moshe Ya'alon slammed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at an event this weekend: "The prime minister does not offer his guidance or make the decisions, but they benefit him." Referring to the accusations against Netanyahu, he said: “If he did not know, it seems like he's a bad manager…And if he did know, he should go to jail!"
Netanyahu and Ya'alon | Archive Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Former IDF chief of staff and Israel’s former defense minister Moshe Ya'alon spoke at a Cultural Shabbat event in Herzliya today (Saturday) and had harsh words for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “When you are busy with political survival and the country is of no interest to you, it turns into a coordinated and orchestrated attack against the president, the symbol of our statehood,” he said. “It is a loss of statehood.”

Speaking at the event hosted by Israeli journalist Moshe Nestelbaum, Ya’alon called on Netanyahu to resign: "I supported the prime minister before red lines were crossed here," he said. “I say to the prime minister- resign now!"

The former defense minister claimed that Netanyahu has allowed for serious damage to be done to the judicial system in Israel. "They roll responsibility over to the Supreme Court and then they attack it for its intervention," he said. "The prime minister does not offer his guidance or make the decisions, but they benefit him."

Finally, Ya'alon referred to the investigations being conducted against the prime minister and his entourage. “All of the prime minister's closest people and surroundings are being investigated as suspects of a serious offense- and he had no idea? So if he did not know, it seems like he's a bad manager who failed in choosing his people and in the management of office and state. And if he did know, he should go to jail!"



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