There was a leak in the cabinet meeting on Sunday, but not of the Edward Snowden variety. No, this leak sprang from the heating system in the Prime Minister’s Office and started dripping on the table where the ministers had assembled.
The steady drip punctuated the growing rift between Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, his former political ally and bro, Finance Minister Yair Lapid, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by falling directly in the middle of the three.
“There was a feeling of misery,” one of the ministers told Yedioth Ahronoth Monday. “You sit next to the government table, the most important place in the State of Israel, and see droplets dripping from the ceiling right in front of the prime minister’s face.”
Some of the ministers made light of the situation and cracked jokes after a water pitcher was placed beneath. They would have moved to another conference room, but no room in the building is big enough to hold the entire cabinet and aides.
“When the pitcher fills the meeting’s over,” Netanyahu cracked. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon quipped that that they ought to fill up the pitcher at the sink so it’d be over faster. Another minister joked that the meeting, which continued through the drips, was akin to Chinese water torture.
A brief examination found that a pipe in the heating system burst and caused the water to percolate onto the government.