Blue and White minister reportedly rebuked for saying Gantz backs legalizing West Bank outposts

Blue and White lawmakers go after Diaspora Affairs Minister Omer Yankelevich for saying yesterday that party boss Benny Gantz supports legalizing West Bank settlement outposts, Hebrew media reports say.

According to leaks, Gantz says during a faction meeting today that Blue and White opposes illegal outposts and that he backs retaining the Jordan Valley and so-called settlement blocs.

“The Defense Ministry is working to regulate all the outposts that are on legal territories exactly in accordance with the regulations and laws. Any deviation from this line isn’t the line of Blue and White,” he’s quoted saying by the Walla news site.

MKs Asaf Zamir and Miki Haimovich reportedly slam Yankelevich for her comments, saying they don’t reflect Blue and White or serve the party’s interest.

Yankelevich rejects the criticism and says “there are wonderful people there,” the news site says.

Illustrative: Blue and White party member Omer Yankelevich at the Knesset, in Jerusalem, May 14, 2019. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)