Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) has always had a lively Facebook profile, but now he’s attracted a fiery new commentator: the wife of Economy Minister Naftali Bennett.
Gilat Bennett denounced Lapid for being “shallow,” “populist,” and “a liar” on his Facebook page, which has more than a quarter of a million followers.
Lapid and Bennett (Jewish Home) have had a strained relationship for a long time. Gilat Bennett upped the ante, however, accusing Lapid of taking credit for economic policies she claimed her husband was instrumental in creating.
“In terms of your extra, extra leftist opinions — good luck with that,” she wrote.
“What amazing reform of my husband’s are you going to appropriate tomorrow? What makes you get up in the morning and say to yourself: ‘I’m going to take credit for someone else’s work?'”
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According to Channel 10 news, Bennett’s office confirmed that the comments had indeed been posted through the personal profile of Gilat Bennett.
Lapid appeared unperturbed by her comments.
“First of all, it’s her right; it can’t be that everyone gets to say whatever they want but the wife of the economy minister doesn’t,” he told Israel Radio on Tuesday morning. “Beyond that, when they’re shooting at civilians, allow me not to respond to this kind of white noise.”
On Sunday, Lapid accused his fellow minister of allowing extremists to dictate the agenda. “We need to regain the quiet, but the government cannot conduct itself like an internet commenter,” he wrote on his Facebook page Sunday afternoon.